GLASTONBURY: Worthy Pastures licence granted
Thousands of people visiting the Glastonbury Festival site this summer will be able to enjoy a drink after a new licence was granted.
Glastonbury Festival Events Ltd. (GFEL) applied for a licence to sell alcohol from the Goose Hall within the Worthy Farm site in Pilton, as part of the Worthy Pastures camping event.
Mendip District Council’s licensing sub-committee met virtually to discuss the proposals on July 19 but did not come to a decision on the day.
The council has now published its decision to grant the licence, meaning up to 3,000 people at any one time will be able to enjoy a drink while camping on-site.
GFEL was given permission by the council back in April to hold the Worthy Pastures event, with people being able to camp across the festival site for up to six nights at a time up to August 31.
The new licence will allow the organisers to sell alcohol from the Goose Hall for consumption on and off the premises from 11am to 10pm daily, with the building itself and the surrounding area being able to accommodate up to 200 people.
A “quiet-time policy” would be in place between 11pm and 8am to prevent excessive noise from the camp-site which could disturb those living nearby.
Pilton resident Nicholas Hall accused GFEL of not carrying out a proper consultation with local people, and called for restrictions to be placed on the event.
He said: “It is still evident that the applicant does not take their responsibilities regarding consultation seriously.
“GFEL should arrange a public meeting before the premises opens to explain how they intend on running this new premises and how they intend on reducing the impact on Pilton residents.
“Staff and suppliers servicing the premises should access the site from the A361 via the red gate only, and should restrict deliveries to between 8am and 4pm only.”
Councillor Sam Phripp, who chaired the sub-committee meeting, said Mr Hall and that objectors were “seeking prohibitions, undertakings or conditions for activity that has been de-restricted by the government because it is considered to be no longer so significant.”
He added: “There have been no representations from responsible authorities or the wider community, and nothing to suggest that this applicant would not do a sterling job.”
With this in mind, the sub-committee voted to grant the licence for the event.
Words: Daniel Mumby, Local Democracy Reporter
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