Concerns over festival crowds

CONCERNS have been raised about the effect a possible 15,000-person music festival would have on a north Northumberland coastal village.

At Monday night’s meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council, members voiced worries ahead of a public meeting which will take place on Wednesday, March 23.

A licence for an event at Springhill Farm was submitted to the county council but has since been withdrawn. The public meeting will discuss a possible event in 2012.

County Coun Pat Scott said the main issues were transport and the effect that 15,000 people would have on the area, part of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, saying there would be too many people to police it.

Coun Phillip Brabban said: “I think Glastonbury and Reading should stay at Glastonbury and Reading.”

The public meeting will take place at 6.30pm at Seahouses First School.