Will Thurrock Council and Essex Police pull the plug on Soundon Festival?

BOTH Essex Police and Thurrock Council have raised objections to a controversial two-day music festival set for August in Aveley.

Soundon Festival was due to take place over the weekend of Saturday August 13th and Sunday August 14th.

The two day music extravaganza has advertised itself as a celebration of 30 years of dance music culture, from acid house to the latest urban sounds at Essex Sports Village, a 48 acre site on the Purfleet Road in Aveley.

The application is up in front of the Thurrock Council Licensing Committee on Tuesday June 7th.

Documents in the agenda detail the objections that both the police and licensing officers have over the event.

Thurrock Police Licensing Officer, Jackie Cooper contacted Thurrock Council on May 10th and stated: "The consultation for the above (Soundon Festival) ends on the 16th May 2016 and as yet no Emergency Management Plan (EMP) has been received.

"Therefore due to lack of sufficient information regarding the event the police are unable to make judgement that the Four Licensing Objectives are being met.

"The police support the representation made by the Licensing Authority against the grant of this licence".

It appears that an EMP was delivered three days later but this does not appear to have impressed the Thurrock Council licensing officers.

Thurrock Council’s Principal Licensing Officer Paul Adams wrote: "With regards to the application for the Soundon Music Festival, I would like to raise a representation in relation to all four licensing objectives.

"The application makes reference to an Event Management Plan that has not been supplied including appendices with the application until 13th May 2016.

"This is three days before the close of the consultation period, which at this stage has not left sufficient time to review the plan to be satisfied that the licensing objectives are being satisfactory".

Amongst the documentation is a petition signed by local residents that details their objections to the event that may see up to 5,000 people descend on the field on Purfleet Road.

All parties will be able to make their representations to the board at the Civic Offices in New Road on Tuesday night.

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