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Seaton Carew Beer Festival will go ahead despite police concerns

Image caption, The Seaton Carew Beer Festival is going ahead despite noise and safety fears

  • Author, Nic Marko
  • Role, Local Democracy Reporting Service

A beer festival is going ahead despite concerns from police and council bosses about noise pollution and safety.

Seaton Carew Beer Festival will host live music and food vendors in Hornby Park on June 1.

Cleveland police said they are concerned about security, safety and the steps being taken to prevent crime.

The organizer said measures would be taken to ensure the event was conducted safely and said it had hosted events in the past without any problems.

The beer festival runs from 12:30 BST to 10:00 PM.

There will be performances from four musical acts throughout the day, while there will also be bouncy castles for children.

But at a meeting on Tuesday, Hartlepool Borough Council’s environmental health manager said there had been a “fundamental failure” to show how noise would be managed in the application for the event.

Monica Vaughan, director of Hornby Park, said the event would be ticketed and noise checks would be carried out by security staff, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

She added: “Although we have not hosted a beer festival before, we have safely hosted a variety of fun days on our grounds for over 20 years with up to 1,000 people and we have never had any issues or problems at these events.”

Ms Vaughan admitted that organizers had been ‘naive’ in completing their application for a temporary event as they had never submitted one before.

She said they would work with an independent safety consultant to create a plan for the event and conduct a risk assessment.

Councilors approved the application after being ‘reassured’ about the steps the organizer said it would take.