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SAVE WILKESTOCK

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Words cannot describe how disappointed we are with East Herts Council’s decision to revoke our long-standing licence, based on a review requested by the Police. We certainly do not agree with the councillors’ decision. We have worked hard to run enjoyable, safe events at Frogmore Hill for over 10 years and have an excellent safety record. We have worked tirelessly and professionally with the Council, local authorities and the local community over those years to prioritise the safety of our festival-goers and our relationship with our local community and we have endeavoured to meet the ever-changing demands of the Police and other authorities.

The review requested by the Police was substantially based on concerns they had following an event in 2018. Following a debrief to this event, we put many new measures in place for our 2019 events and received very positive feedback from the Police on their implementation. The review, therefore, came as a shock to us. We feel that a number of the claims made in the hearing by the Police against our professionalism and our personal character are both unsubstantiated and unfair. We are very strongly of the view that the Council’s concerns have not in any way affected the overall safety of these events. One of the issues related to the submission of paperwork and we have engaged two of the UK’s leading event safety professionals to independently review the plans and risk assessments for events at the site. The event management team were praised for the quality of their documentation.

Other highly respected industry professionals also share our disbelief in the revoking of the licence. An ex-Police Inspector with 30 years of service, a former Licensing Sergeant and a former Licensing Manager of another local authority are all surprised and extremely concerned by this decision.

The potential loss of our licence has not only devastated us personally but will also deprive the local community, musicians, contractors, budding event professionals, traders and our beloved charities of these worthy events. Through our charitable events, we have donated thousands to charity over the years, something we will no longer be able to do with the loss of our licence.

Our festivals have seen the likes of Bastille, Tom Grennan, The Snuts, Sea Girls and many more come through our smaller stages who have gone on to sell records all over the world. Not-to-mention the already established Razorlight, Subways, The Fratellis, and Faithless, to whom many thousands of people have danced in the fields at Frogmore. We received unprecedented numbers of letters of support during our licence hearing from neighbours, festival-goers, artists, volunteers, traders and local businesses, apparently, one of the highest of any licencing review the Council has seen to date. In the past few months, we have featured in the local press as the ‘Top 50 most influential people in Hertfordshire’ along with Wilkestock being number one on the Comet’s list of ‘50 biggest events in our towns: festivals, carnivals and more’. We have also received nominations for numerous national awards. To end all of this without validated, justifiable strong reasonings, in a time when the government and local authorities are championing the promotions of arts, culture and music, is a shameful and tragic loss to Hertfordshire.

We will be launching an appeal to challenge the Council’s decision. We are looking at all the possibilities in the hope that we will be able to run Wilkestock in September, despite the obstacles that this decision has raised. We will also be launching a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the legal expenses we incur to try to retain our licence. Please buy a T-shirt, a pin badge, donate the price of a pint or see what you can do here.

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