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1st Jul, 2022

Decision delayed to consider noise and traffic management of 10,000 strong festival in Stratford

A DECISION on controversial plans to stage a music festival for up to 10,000 revellers at Stratford Racecourse has been delayed.

The application from GB Holdings UK to host a three day ‘Stratford Tribute Festival’ – featuring tribute acts from across the UK – at the Luddington Road racecourse, in August, has prompted concerns over crime, noise and traffic.

One resident wrote: “The road system at the junction of Evesham Road, Luddington Road and the surrounding network will struggle to accommodate the vehicles to transport 9,999 people, plus all the support vehicles and and deliveries to supply and service the festival.

“The local residents will have to tolerate the music at very high volumes all weekend. Stratford Racecourse is the wrong location to hold a music festival because it’s too close to residential property.

“There is plenty of evidence from other music festivals across the country that they create a mini crime wave including drug dealing.”

Another added it did not ‘take a genius’ to know there would be a ‘substantial rise in crime and disorder’.

District council environmental health says the applicant had not provided enough details relating to noise and also objected to the plans.

Stratford District Council’s licensing panel considered the application last week but the final decision has been delayed until Monday February 17. Licensing chiefs want to hear more from the applicant about noise and traffic management.

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