Salcombe Hill camping site - article in Sidmouth Herald, 3 Jan 2014.
This article hints at possible legal action to challenge the decision by EDDC to grant a licence to FolkWeek for their new campsite. The threat of legal action seems unlikely to come to anything.
Logically, since the major risk to residents and attendees may be from inadequate traffic arrangements and given that no details were made available to the meeting on 10 December, an appeal might be thought worthwhile. But DCC is apparently not a statutory consultee for the EDDC process and the 'approval' from DCC may have been from a junior official who was unfamiliar with both the amount of pedestrian and vehicular traffic that FolkWeek produces and the dangerous nature of the roads in question.
We have the position (apparently) that EDDC can grant a licence despite that major safety concerns may not have been adequately addressed and despite that the remit of EDDC is to include public safety! This inadequate system probably keeps bureaucrats in comfortable jobs shuffling paper around while out in the real world, festival attendees (and the reputation of the festival) can be subjected to risks that are easily foreseen.
As is normal in 'public service', as long as all the boxes are ticked, procedures are followed to the letter and their pensions continue to accumulate wealth, the staff of our local councils will be contented!
What needs to change is that events of this type should need to show a competent and detailed traffic management plan as an integral part of any licensing procedures. If multiple injuries or fatalities result as a consequence of inadequate planning or arrangements, an inquest or other inquiry might suggest changes.
This is the usual tedious way that Councils are forced to adopt revised procedures in the best interests of the people whom they purport to serve.
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