T In The Park boss casts doubt on future of festival

Nesting ospreys at the festival's site has led to opposition from activists

T In The Park could be facing an abrupt end if a local council fails to approval its proposed new site at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire.

There has been opposition to the site due to environmental concerns, with the recent arrival of nesting ospreys, which are protected, providing momentum to the protesters cause.

Scotland’s biggest music festival, which attracts around 80,000 people each year, is moving to Strathallan Castle this year following health and safety concerns about an oil pipeline that runs under their former Balado site, near Kinross.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust has been protesting the move as the site falls within a 2,500 feet proposed ‘buffer zone’ around an Osprey nesting site, which is required by law to protect Ospreys from noise disturbance.

The festival organisers, DF Concerts, will have to wait until next month for a decision by Perth and Kinross Council after the public consultation period ends on April 24.

Geoff Ellis, of DF Concerts, has raised concerns that if the site is not approved then it may spell the end of T in the Park. Ellis told BBC Scotland, “I don’t think there is a venue, without going very far north in Scotland, which would be viable for T in the Park, so yes, I don’t think it would carry on if we didn’t host it at Strathallan this year.”

Tickets are still on sale for this year’s T In The Park planned for July 10-12, which is set to feature headline slots from The Libertines, Kasabian and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. However until a decision is made next month it won’t be clear if the festival can go ahead.