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Police object to two-day Lymington music festival over crime and disorder concerns

Organisers have planned two music stages
Organisers have planned two music stages

A TWO-DAY music festival near Lymington faces being stopped over police concerns of crime and disorder.

Hampshire Constabulary has asked licensing authority New Forest District Council not to grant a temporary event notice (TEN) to Jaq Rashleigh who wants to hold Southern Vibrations on a field off Undershore Road on the weekend of 4th and 5th September.

Billed as “a cultural and music event showcasing local artists and the local area”, the application stated no more than 499 people, including staff, will be on the site at any time and all will be aged 18 or older.

However, Hampshire police has objected to the festival, claiming a lack of detail in the application, including whether it was a pay-to-enter event.

There was also insufficient detail on how the organisers planned to control crowds, enforce the over-18s policy and deal with problems, such as altercations and excess-alcohol incidents.

There was also a lack of a risk assessment and Covid-19 management plan, said the police, raising the “likelihood” of undermining the four licensing objectives of preventing crime and disorder, public safety, protection of children from harm, and stopping of public nuisance.

Authored by PC Mark Hawley, the objection added: “Police have attempted to engage with the proposer on three occasions, both via email and telephone to address the points and expressed the need for timely reply but nothing has been forthcoming.

“As such, with little to no confidence that this event will have nothing but a negative impact on the local area and community, and the licensing objectives will be undermined, the chief officer of police objects to this notice and requests that a counter notice is served.”

The plan is for the music to be performed 11am-11pm on both days, with alcohol served until midnight. There will be 175 car parking spaces, with participants allowed to camp on-site overnight on 4th September.

Mr Rashleigh is behind Southern Vibrations Ltd, a company incorporated on 5th March this year.

In his application Mr Rashleigh said: “We intend to host two musical stages. One main stage and one very small alternative area.

“Further to this there will be some displays of the work of local artists. We intend to have two food vans, which will be run by external businesses, and two bar areas.”

A decision whether to grant the event licence to go ahead will be made at a NFDC licensing sub-committee meeting at 2pm on Friday.

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