Former Councillor Seeks Review of Whitebottom Farm's Festival Licence

Former councillor Becky Senior has applied for a review of Whitebottom Farm's festival licence due to public safety and nuisance concerns. The farm's licence will be discussed at a council licensing meeting on Wednesday, with the farm disputing the claims and arguing it has implemented measures to mitigate issues.

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Former Councillor Seeks Review of Whitebottom Farm's Festival Licence

Former Councillor Seeks Review of Whitebottom Farm's Festival Licence

Former Marple North councillor Becky Senior has applied for a review of Whitebottom Farm's festival licence in Compstall, Stockport, citing public safety and nuisance concerns. The farm hosts various events, including the Moovin music festival, which attracts thousands of people to the village.

Residents have complained about a range of issues stemming from the events, including urination in the street, shouting and noise disturbance, property damaging, traffic congestion, inconsiderate parking on Montagu Street, littering in Etherow Country Park, and disturbance to wildfowl nesting along the ponds. Ms. Senior's application states that these issues represent "a weekly hazard for residents through the summer months."

Why this matters: The outcome of this review will have significant implications for the balance between community events and resident quality of life, and could set a precedent for how local authorities address similar concerns in the future. As the debate surrounding festival licences and community impact continues to grow, this case highlights the need for effective management and regulation oflarge-scale events.

The farm's licence permits alcohol sales and live music during various times, but Ms. Senior argues that the licence should be reviewed to address the public safety and nuisance concerns. She has applied for a review of the licence, which will be discussed on Wednesday at a council licensing meeting.

In response, Whitebottom Farm has questioned the claims, arguing that there is a lack of evidence and reliance on "rumour and conjecture" behind the accusations. The farm's representative, Karen Dyson, stated that the events contribute to the area by providing a place for the community to come together and boosting employment and local businesses. The farm maintains that it has implemented measures to reduce footfall and traffic on Montagu Street and controls noise levels according to stringent standards.

The outcome of Wednesday's licensing meeting will determine whether Whitebottom Farm's festival licence will be reviewed or maintained. The decision will have significant implications for the future of events at the farm and their impact on the local community in Compstall.

Key Takeaways

  • Former councillor Becky Senior seeks review of Whitebottom Farm's festival licence due to public safety and nuisance concerns.
  • Residents complain of urination, noise, property damage, traffic, and littering during events like Moovin music festival.
  • Farm's licence permits alcohol sales and live music, but Senior argues it should be reviewed to address concerns.
  • Farm disputes claims, citing lack of evidence and arguing events benefit the community and local businesses.
  • Council licensing meeting will determine whether farm's festival licence will be reviewed or maintained.