Lytham Voice Objection to Live Nations Application for 25,000 Attendees
THE FOLLOWING LETTER HAS BEEN SENT TO THE LICENSING COMMITTEE
THE ATTACHMENTS INCLUDE COMMENTS RECEIVED BY LYTHAM VOICE FROM THE RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OF LYTHAM AND THE COMMENTS IN LIVE NATIONS/FBC OWN IMPACT REPORT
Dear Sir/ Madam,
For the Attention of Licensing Committee Chairman and Members
I write on behalf of Lytham Voice, a group of Lytham residents who are concerned about decisions being made for our town without appropriate consultation or public knowledge. To engage with Lytham residents we have created a web site, run surveys and have held Public Meetings. Our aim is to enable constructive discussion on key issues for our town and encourage the residents of Lytham (West and East Wards) and Lytham Business owners to ensure their voices are heard.
Lytham Voice has engaged with the residents of Lytham, specifically regarding Lytham Festival through a survey which ran in September/October 2023 and a Public Meeting held on 10 November 2023.
Acting on the feedback given by Lytham residents, Lytham Voice objects to the licensing application for the increase to 25,000 people per day for the 2024 and onwards festival. Lytham Voice’s objection is based on licensing objectives: (1) Prevention of public nuisance, (2) Prevention of crime and disorder, (3) Promoting public safety and (4) Protection of children from harm.
We recognise that the festival is enjoyed by many, indeed a theme of our Public meeting on 10 November was “How do we make the festival ‘better’?”
Positive comments received have been included in this submission to ensure a balanced view.
Details and comments and suggestions under each of the 4 licensing objectives are contained in the attached extracts from:
A. Lytham Voice’s survey from September/ November 2023
B: Live Nations /FBC Impact Report issued on 19 October 2023
Additionally, please find attached the results from the September/October Lytham Voice survey questions relating directly to Lytham Festival.
A total of 637 responses to the survey, which was restricted to residents of Lytham West and East Wards along with Lytham business owners, were received.The overall results reflect that the Festival is seen as ‘a fairly big problem’ or ‘a very big problem’ for the residents of Lytham.
The full results can be viewed on the Lytham Voice web site lythamvoice.co.uk
Whilst it is recognised many enjoy the festival, please do respect Lytham residents comments and suggestions giving them the serious consideration and thoughtful reflection they deserve. They represent the strong feelings of residents based on their personal lived experiences during this years and earlier festivals.
Feedback to Lytham Voice can be summarised as the effect of the festival’s licensed activities on people living and working in the area is both “disproportionate and unreasonable”.