Mendip District Council confirm details of the charges being brought against festival organisers...
GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL organiser MICHAEL EAVIS is to appear in court in January after MENDIP DISTRICT COUNCIL lodged proceedings against him.
As previously revealed on NME.COM, a Council committee in October recommended that he be charged over breach of licence conditions at this year?s festival, despite #1 million improvements to security at the site since the festival in June.
A spokesperson for Mendip District Council told NME.COM this morning: ?There was a full hearing concerning this year?s event back in October, and the committee at that time recommended that Glastonbury Festival be prosecuted for breach of licence, mainly to do with the numbers issues. A decision whether to proceed could not be made until consideration was given to the evidence, to see whether the Council could make a sound case. Intimation has now been made and a provisional date has been made for the case to begin at Wansdyke Magistrates Court in January.?
He added that two allegations will be brought, the first relating to an alleged breach of the number of people getting into the festival and the second relating to breach of noise level.
Comments on the official Glastonbury Festival website – www.glastonbury-festivals.co.uk – add to concerns that despite the investment in building a super-fence around the site and improving roads and security, and the lodging of a public entertainment licence application on December 15, things are not going ahead as normal.
A comment reads: ?At this time of year we are usually in the exciting process of announcing plans for next June?s festival. This year is a little different. Objections to the 2001 festival have been received and a prosecution is being brought for breach of terms in 2000.?