HEALTH & SAFETY / LICENSING
Live Event Industry

Plans for a major music festival in Waveney near Lowestoft in the UK could be scuppered after objections by the police, fire service and environmental health officers. The Organisers behind Eastern Haze 2006, due to be held at the 500 acre Somerleyton Hall estate near Lowestoft, have asked Waveney District Council for a time-limited premises licence to run the festival from Friday July 21 to Sunday July 23. The bill so far announced features Hawkwind and Dreadzone along with several local bands. Other planned attractions include a holistic area for therapies and readings and lots of activities for children including theatre shows, street theatre, puppetry and jewellery-making workshops. But letters to Waveney’s licensing officer from Suffolk police, the county’s fire service and the council’s own environmental health team, say they cannot support the application. The police state that they want to register objections on two grounds: The state that they have assessed the planned traffic management scheme and have “concerns over entry and exit routes due to the narrowness of the proposed routes and the potential for accidents and blockages, particularly in the event of an evacuation procedure from the venue”. The police add that they cannot “currently assess the policing requirements as at this time the event organiser has not provided sufficient details of stewards i.e. number and their training qualifications.” Meanwhile, a letter from Suffolk’s director of public protection and chief fire officer, says, “insufficient information has been provided to assess reasonable promotion of the public safety licensing objective”. The Response from Waveney’s environmental health team claim there is “significant potential for noise disturbance” and there is “insufficient information around the health and safety plans”. For more details on Eastern Haze 2006, visit www.easternhaze.com