Sunday, July 26, 2009

Police & Mendip Council have sabotaged the UK's largest green festival

Police have sabotaged the largest green festival in Europe. I got this from the Big Green Gathering organisers today.

Dear Friends,
following threatened injunction proceedings in High Court by Mendip District Council supported by Somerset & Avon Police and having taken extensive advice from a prominent QC and other eminent lawyers, the directors of the Big Green Gathering have been left with no other option than to voluntarily surrender the license for the Big Green Gathering 2009. The event will now not take place and the directors’ advice and request is that no one intending to attend the event should attempt to do so, as the site is now closed and they are likely to be turned away by Somerset Police. It is our intention to avoid any form of confrontation or public disorder in regard to this and it is our earnest hope that all those involved will follow this advice. It is with great sadness that we have been forced into this position and we express our profound apologies to all those concerned. The Directors of The Big Green Gathering

Undercurrents would have been showing our films at the festival but the Police said
Police are warning people planning to attend the 'Big Green Gathering' 2009, that the event has been cancelled due to a number of contributing factors that could not be overcome.Today (Sunday July 26) organisers of the 'Big Green Gathering' surrendered their licence to Mendip Council.

Rumours are that a new Chief inspector has taken over recently and wanted revenge for activists showing up the Met police during the G20 protests in London and at Kingsnorth power station protests in Kent.

And from Mendip Council-
The main concerns from emergency services and Mendip District Council, which is nationally recognised for its licensing of the Glastonbury Festival, focused on:

• A security company to provide event security.

• Whether proper traffic management and signage can take place before the event starts.

• A road closure order being made in time for the event.

• Whether the South West Ambulance Service will provide emergency help on-site at the event.

• Whether a fire safety consultant, proper Fire Safety Management Strategy, Fire Safety Risk Assessment and the relevant certification about fire safety equipment is in place for the event.

Donna Nolan, who heads up Mendip's legal team, said: "The implications of the issues raised meant that the council and police had significant concerns about the safety of the public attending the event as well as those living, working and visiting the local area.
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