Boomtown Fair 2013 breach of licence conditions

Press Release: 22/08/2013

Winchester City Council has confirmed that the detailed analysis of the noise-monitoring data obtained during the Boomtown Festival has revealed that there were breaches of the licence conditions relating to noise from the event.

Officers were investigating non-compliance with two particular licence conditions relating to:

  • Specific noise limits at noise-sensitive dwellings
  • The hours for entertainment and, in particular, the time when entertainment would cease

The Council will now arrange to interview those responsible for the running of the event, including the licence-holder, regarding the alleged offences. Once this investigation has been completed, the evidence available will be assessed and consideration given to legal proceedings for breach of the licence conditions.

City Council noise-monitoring teams were in operation throughout each night of the event and checked noise levels at a number of locations, including complainants’ properties.

Cllr Rob Humby, the City Council’s Deputy Leader, said:

These alleged breaches must be a disappointment to the event organisers but demonstrate that the City Council is vigilant in checking compliance with licence conditions. We must now let the due legal process continue and await the outcome. I also hope that lessons can be learned from this year’s experience so that these problems can be avoided in the future.