Live event must survive

Sir.–If Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council are serious about ‘Amazingstoke’ being a great place to live, they must ensure the future of events such as Basingstoke Live.

The event offers a safe, family-orientated weekend for residents, it showcases local musicians, and it draws people into the town centre for two days in the summer, boosting sales in Festival Place.

We should be looking to expand the event rather than cancelling it, and the proposed options lack imagination and vision.

Why not offer to sell the naming rights to Festival Place, Sony, Mars or another large corporation with a presence in Basingstoke? In return, the festival sponsor could showcase its products. With 50,000 potential customers the opportunities are obvious.

I fear the council is more interested in short-term budgetary constraints rather than looking at a long-term opportunity to put ‘Amazingstoke’ on the musical map.–Adam Liddiard, Lychpit, Basingstoke.

Sir.–Basingstoke Live is a brilliant event which showcases music for all tastes.

Laurence Hoare works extremely hard to promote newsbands and the event portrays Basingstoke in a positive way.

It should remain a free event, and shame on Basingstoke and Deane for even considering scrapping it! The local authority squanders money on far less popular causes.–Tracy Cox, Station Road, Overton.

Sir.–The proposals to postpone, or charge for, Basingstoke Live festival are unfair and against the wishes of many people.

I am at a loss to see what the problem is and why so much money has to be spent at all on the fencing, entry points, gatemen etc. What are the organisers trying to control?

Over the last few years, it has been such a lovely feeling to turn up, walk across ‘the park’ and get involved with lively local music.

I have never noticed any anti-social behaviour, never felt threatened, and don’t see the need for the fences, gates and high level of security.

It is a relaxing, creative and stimulating event that headlines local talent. Surely our council should be fully supportive of this.–David Botting, Bartons Lane, Old Basing.

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