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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Doubts over new Aspatria rock festival

A NEW West Cumbrian rock festival hangs in the balance after police and neighbours lodged a series of objections.

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HEADLINERS: Toploader, from left, Rob Green, Joseph Washburn, Matt Knight and Dan Hipgrave

Sealy Spyatstock is due to take place at Aspatria Rugby Union Club from July 18 to July 20.

This is on the weekend usually occupied by the Cockermouth Rock Festival, which has been cancelled this year.

But a licence application for the Aspatria event, which is due to feature chart toppers Toploader, has attracted concern.

Police say there are not enough measures in place to prevent crime and disorder and that it may become a drain on their resources.

They believe there is a public nuisance risk because of the anticipated noise, and that under-18 year-olds may be at risk of harm.

Police say that the event organisers, who are new to running large-scale events, have not yet drawn up sufficient plans and policies for managing it.

Two local residents have also objected, claiming that the event is planned for the wrong location and would be disruptive to the public.

Meanwhile, environmental health officers have proposed a range of licence conditions to promote safety and prevent nuisance.

The festival, which is being sponsored by Aspatria bed makers Sealy, would be one of the few outdoor music events to take place in West Cumbria this summer, following the cancellation of CockRock and Solfest.

Up to 3,000 people would be expected to attend, with camping planned at the site.

The licence application will be discussed by Allerdale council’s licensing panel next Thursday.

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