No choice but to grant three year licence for Knebworth music festival Eastern Electrics says council

PUBLISHED: 17:15 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:34 12 August 2013

Cllr Bernard Lovewell

Cllr Bernard Lovewell


A POLITICIAN has said there was no choice but to grant a licence for the Eastern Electrics festival for three years.

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Despite complaints from some residents over noise at the Knebworth Park event, North Herts District Council (NHDC) approved the dance music extravaganza for three years, before a record had been played.

But NHDC said it had to approve the plan, as it was bound by existing licensing laws, and no-one was concerned enough to complain about the festival before it took place.

Cllr Bernard Lovewell, right, NHDC’s portfolio holder for housing and environmental health, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “When we receive licensing applications for events such as Eastern Electrics, we have to act according to the relevant legislation.

“Details of the application are placed in the public domain on our website, in local press adverts and via site notices.

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“A consultation period then begins during which we accept responses from residents and relevant organisations.

“In the case of this event, the request was for a three year licence.

“During the consultation period, the council, police and fire service added 86 separate conditions to the terms of the licence regarding crime and disorder, health and safety, noise and other public safety issues before the licence could be approved.

“Crucially we did not receive any representations from members of the public in opposition to the licence.

“In the absence of any such representations, the legislation states that the licence must be granted.”

He added: “We will be meeting with the organisers again to evaluate this year’s event and the comments we have received from residents.

“In doing so we will look at specific conditions of the licence which can be reviewed at any time.”

Martha Lytton Cobbold, managing director of Knebworth Estates, said: “Electric Productions Ltd. applied for and NHDC granted a three-year licence for the Eastern Electrics Festival, this year was year one.

“As with all events we remain involved, take copious notes, meet and discuss with interested individuals and agencies within the surrounding community and work to make the events as best as possible.

“This process is already well underway.”

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