THURROCK COUNCIL have defended their reasons for “cancelling” the licence for Essex Fest.
The festival was all set to run on Saturday and Sunday with a possible 10,000 revellers coming to the festival at the Orsett Showgrounds in Thurrock.
But rumblings began on Friday afternoon that all was not well with the two day festival that was being headed by South Ockendon promotor Milford Parker.
A Thurrock Council spokesperson said:
“The organisers of Essex Fest quite properly applied for the necessary license for this event and Thurrock Council’s licensing sub-committee agreed to grant it subject to a number of conditions, some of which required to be completed before the event began.
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Among the conditions was that certain information and arrangements had to be in place and with the council’s Environmental Health Noise team six weeks and two weeks before the event. These had not been provided despite the council chasing the organisers on a number of occasions.
An emergency Safety Advisory Group meeting involving key agencies – including the council and Essex Police – was held last week, followed by a phone call to the organisers advising them they were not meeting the conditions of his licence, and if the event was to go ahead then they would possibly face enforcement action.
The event organiser indicated verbally they would cancel the event, but we are still awaiting confirmation of this in writing.
Thurrock Council and Essex Police have supported this event and worked hard to support the organisers in delivering what could have been safe, enjoyable, event for all.
However it has had to be cancelled as the event organisers have been unable to meet the conditions of the licence within the time scales provided.