Leeds Festival To Be Cancelled? Emergency Council Meeting *updated*
Today's meeting recommended that councillors should not take "urgent enforcement action" to stop the festival, deciding to take no action over the breach, ensuring the festival will go ahead.
Organisers of the Leeds end of the Carling Weekender festival are going to have to wait, along with all the tens of thousands of fans with weekend and day tickets, to see if the results of this afternoon's last second Leeds City Council meeting will shut the whole festival down due to what seems to be two tiny little planning errors.
It seems that festival organisers failed to apply for planning permission for two access roads to the new site at Bramham Park, near Wetherby, and if they are closed only one road will be available for use causing all kinds of traffic and safety trouble.
Talking to BBC Radio Leeds, Councillor John Procter, who represents Wetherby and sits on the planning panel, said "Potentially the matters under consideration by panel could stop the festival taking place. It is a serious matter and should be treated as such."
Thorner Action Group - set up in direct opposition to the festival - wanted to see organiser Melvin Benn and Bramham Park owner Nick Lane Fox "comply with the planning regulations like the rest of Leeds" as it was, they say "their choice not to apply for planning permission and we'd like to see enforcement action taken by the city council."
This could be a fine of some sort (higher ticket prices next year perhaps?) or a ban, starting even with the cancellation of this weekend's festival.
The meeting was set to start at 5pm, I'm sure there will be further details pretty soon, so don't burn your tickets yet, read our Festival Previews instead, and remember to try not to riot this year and the Council won't have as much reason to be quite so harsh next time around...
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