The Chairman requested all those participating
to identify themselves, as follows:
– Chairman and Member for Loose Ward
– Member for High Street Ward
Councillor McLoughlin – Member for Marden and Yalding
– legal advisor
– committee clerk
– Spirit of Rock Ltd, Festival Director
– Spirit of Rock Ltd, Health and Safety
– Spokesperson for the applicant and Spirit of Rock Ltd,
It was noted that the objectors to the
application were not in attendance, two having indicated they would
not be attending and no response from the third. The sub-committee
decided to proceed as the objector’s representations were in
the papers and it was not necessary in the public interest to
adjourn the meeting.
The Chairman confirmed that all parties were
aware of the sub-committee hearing procedure and that each had a
copy of the hearing procedure document.
The sub-committee members confirmed that they
had pre-read all the papers and any other documents contained in
the report regarding the hearing.
Mr O’Sullivan, spokesperson for the
applicant, advised that no draft conditions had been agreed between
the applicant and any other party.
The legal advisor provided a brief outline of
the application and all representations received.
The Chairman invited Mr O’Sullivan to
provide opening remarks.
Mr O’Sullivan advised that Spirit of
Rock Ltd purchased the name of the Ramblin Man Fair after the liquidation of the
company which had organised the event the year
previously. Mr O’Sullivan had
twenty five years’ experience in producing classic rock and
progressive rock awards. Mr Ingham had
published classic rock and metal magazine brands. Spirit of Rock
Ltd had worked to rebuild relationships with companies which had
been involved in the festival previously, and to involve the local
community by employing students from Mid Kent College. The festival
had engaged the services of the same suppliers, security firm and
traffic management company as previously used. The classic rock
audience was described as being between the ages of 35 to 60 years
old. Mr O’Sullivan had acted as a licensing officer on behalf
of a local authority for a festival held in London targeted at the
same audience, and witnessed no issues.
The Chairman invited questions from
In response to questions Mr O’Sullivan
The cleaning firm employed for the upcoming Ramblin Man Fair was also used for the Glastonbury
Festival. Side streets would be checked for litter.
The senior management team would be staying on site during the
festival in order to be responsive to any issues that might
The Directors had worked previously with festivals held within
residential areas in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, and so were
experienced in noise management and communication with
Households in the vicinity of Mote Park would be leafleted with
information in advance of the festival. The organisers were working
with the council to agree the areas that should receive the
leaflet. A manned phone line ...
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10.01 a.m. to 12.13 p.m.
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