Page last updated at 13:44 GMT, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 14:44 UK

'Noisy' festival given go-ahead

Beach Break festival
Loud music could be heard miles from the site, some local people said

A music festival in north Cornwall is being allowed to go ahead after having its licence reviewed.

More than 100 people complained about noise and bad language coming from The Beach Break Live event in Polzeath when it was held in June.

North Cornwall councillors said the 2009 event could continue if a number of restrictions were imposed.

They include music having to end by 0100 BST, an increase in litter bins and more staff to tidy the venue.

The 2008 Beach Break Live, featured on the BBC TV show Dragon's Den, was marketed as a three-day music festival for 4,000 students at Polzeath.

Monitoring teams

Organisers insisted they had worked hard to minimise any disruption, but when it went ahead people told BBC Radio Cornwall they could hear loud music from miles away.

More than 40 people attended the meeting of North Cornwall District Council's Licensing Committee on Tuesday to consider the application by St Minver Parish Council to review the licence.

The 2009 Beach Break Live is due to be held from 15-18 June.

North Cornwall licensing officer Steve Hobden said the festival would be under continual inspection.

He said: "Obviously our people will be closely looking at it, and we'll have teams from licensing and environmental health monitoring it, but it's down to the organisers to run it properly."


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