A vegan spring festival can be held next month after city councilors rule that all is well with its license.
Alexander Orion, one-third of the Folk Trio Moebius Loop, is the organizer of the Hempreidemption Spring Festival, which runs May 12-14. The Somerset Council’s Licensing Subcommittee North met Wednesday morning (19 April) in Bridgewater to allow the event to continue after the environmental protection team voiced concerns about noise and “public nuisance”. decided whether
However, the councilors ultimately voted that enough new information was provided to allow the event to proceed safely and peacefully. , held at Avalon Abbey in the village of Chilton Polden.
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Its official website describes the three-day event as “a weekend of hypnotic events within the grounds of this stunning castle.” The solar-powered Hemp Redemption Stage hosts a variety of “live folk, fusion, psychedelic and mantra music” throughout the festival, including group jamming sessions, poetry readings, hemp spinning and weaving, and a sauna. , gypsy market.
The festival prides itself on being ‘100% vegan’ and family friendly. Children under the age of 4 are admitted free and alcohol is not served at the venue. However, the council’s environmental protection officer, Mark Shipley, has filed a formal complaint against the Temporary Event Notice (TEN) issued to allow the festival to proceed.
In his address to the subcommittee on Wednesday (19 April), he said: It is held without disturbing the nearest residential facility or the occupants of the monastery (this is a licensed house with multiple residents).
“There are no noise management plans or details on how the prevention of public nuisance will be controlled and managed.” Orion said his event was supported by Glastonbury Mayor John Cousins. It said it had taken steps to address Shipley’s concerns.
“This event seeks to demonstrate in a small, low impact and sustainable way that the only amplification will be in the form of a solar powered stage that is inaudible to all nearby properties. I learned of these objections just before the Easter bank holiday weekend.
“We hired an event manager to handle large events like LoveJam. He is on site. hoping.”
After a short postponement, the subcommittee determined that Mr. Orion had provided sufficient information to allow the festival to proceed safely. We regret that we did not communicate with the Environmental Protection Team prior to submission, and given the lack of supporting information as a result, it is understandable that they would object to the application. rice field.
“However, from the evidence we heard at the hearing, it was clear that this application had gone through a lot of work and preparation, and that Mr. Orion had taken on the concerns of the Environmental Protection Team. He was open to addressing the concerns of environmentalists as well as his desire to host a successful event.
“The event plan and noise management plan were slow in submission and limited in detail in some areas, but we are pleased that most of the concerns of the officers were addressed.
“I have faith that Orion will continue to work with them. [the officers] To make our event management and noise management plans more robust. We are pleased to have provided additional evidence that the event furthered the licensing objectives. ”
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