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Boomtown festival organisers hit back at complaints over noise
5:17pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
ORGANISERS of a troubled Winchester music festival where a young woman died have hit back at complaints over noise.
The Boomtown Fair is currently being investigated by Winchester City Council over alleged licence breaches of noise conditions, including excessive noise and music being played after a 4am curfew.
But a spokesman for Boomtown said months of preparation had gone into the festival and that noise complaints had reduced since last year.
The spokesman said: “At this stage the licence breaches are alleged and part of an ongoing investigation. Months of careful preparation and planning go into BoomTown Fair and adhering to the licence terms and conditions are of the utmost priority.
“BoomTown work very closely with the local authorities before, during and after the event, with constant monitoring carried out at regular intervals by the local authorities and BoomTown contractors to ensure the festival is keeping to the specified limits.
“With regards to the alleged breaches, BoomTown Fair will continue to work directly with Winchester City Council to ensure all information and evidence is available to all parties for consideration and analysis.”
Festival bosses said they invested “significant amounts” in sound proofing this year, as well as employing leading experts in event noise management to minimise disturbance for local residents in the surrounding area and ensure the festival kept within the licenced limits The city council has still not decided whether to prosecute over the alleged breaches.
A spokesman said: “There is no further news on legal action beyond our last statement and we can't give a precise timetable or timescale.
“The aim is to conduct the process promptly but it requires the availability of a number of people: interviewers, interviewees and legal representatives.”
Council officers confirmed a sharp decline in noise complaints, which were down 90 per cent this year from 70 to eight.
The spokesman added plans for the 2014 Boomtown Fair at Matterley were already underway.
An 18-year-old woman, Eleanor Rowe of Glastonbury, Somerset, died on the first night of the festival (Aug 11).
No cause of death has been identified yet but police confirmed drugs are a line of enquiry and two people, a 19-year-old woman from Dinder, Somerset, and a 21-year-old man from Wells, Somerset, were arrested in connection with the death on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class C drug.
They have been bailed until October 8.
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