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BRISTOL: Love Saves The Day reassessment

BRISTOL: Love Saves The Day reassessment

Source: John Myers / Bristol Live

Council staff are trying to build up a “more accurate and realistic picture” of the impact of a music festival held on The Downs earlier this month.

Bristol City Council initially said the response to ‘Love Saves The Day’ was “overwhelmingly positive”, after it received just three complaints about the large event on Clifton Down in the first weekend of September.

But it turns out that more people were disturbed by the festival than first thought, after local councillors told officials some of their residents had complained to them directly.

These people are now being encouraged to log their complaints on the council’s official complaints page so they can be properly logged.

Steve Smith, Conservative councillor for Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze, said he had received a “fair few complaints, mainly around noise and the nature of the event”.

Carla Denyer, Green councillor for Clifton Down, said she received “a couple” of emails about the festival too.

The councillors, who are both members of the Downs Committee, broke the news to a council events officer after he told the committee on Monday (September 20) that Love Saves the Day was “well run and received positive feedback locally and nationally”.

Cllr Denyer said: “People will have written to local councillors. I’ve received a couple of emails about Love Saves the Day. All of the surrounding wards probably would have had at least a couple each.”

The officer agreed it would be a good idea for councillors in the wards around The Downs to direct any complainants to the council’s complaints page.

He said: “It means we end up with a more accurate and realistic picture then of the complaints we receive and don’t have a falsely positive picture.

“We only had a very small number of complaints in the first week.”

The festival was held in the first weekend of September, four months later than usual, and a long way from its usual home of Eastville Park, because of a postponement forced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tom Paine from Team Love, which organises Love Saves The Day, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service after the meeting: “We received three complaints directly to Event Control during the show days and have received a further 10 complaints via email after the show.

“The majority of the complaints are related to the sound levels off site.

“We do understand that compared to the set-up of the traditional Downs concerts, Love Saves The Day does have some additional impact to the local area by way of the additional stages on the site and a slightly younger audience, and we have replied to all residents just to explain that Love Saves The Day was only ever planned to take place at the location for one year only, as a result of the extremely unique set of circumstances we were facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and subsequent date change meaning that our usual home of Eastville Park wasn’t available to be used.”

Words: Amanda Cameron, Local Democracy Reporter


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