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Backing for Pembrey Country Park student beach party

Beach Break Live 2009
The festival has been staged in Cornwall and Kent in previous years

Plans to stage a festival for up to 20,000 students at Pembrey Country Park have been backed "in principle" by senior councillors in Carmarthenshire.

But the organisers of Beach Break Live have been told the council's licensing committee will make the final decision.

All emergency services will be asked for their views on the three day festival planned for June 15 to 17.

There is local opposition to the event on the grounds of potential noise, litter and public access to the park.

Now in its fourth year, the festival - aimed at university students over the age of 18 finishing their exams - has previously been staged in Cornwall and Kent.

But organisers are searching for a permanent home and say the council-run country park with its beach is ideal.

The event was headlined in 2009 by Dizzee Rascal and The Zutons with other activities including sports, games, dance, arts and theatre alongside the music, bars and food.

Organisers say the artificial ski slope, pony trekking and the Go Ape high-wire assault course at Pembrey would be added attractions.

The festival was previously held in Cornwall
The festival was first held on the Cornish coast in 2007 and 2008.

The council's executive board has been told if the event was staged in Pembrey it could be worth £330,000 with spending on site hire, hotels, taxis, food suppliers and other event-related services.

Councillors decided more information and facts were needed before a final decision could be taken, and that would best be done through the licensing process.

Full consultation would also be carried out with the emergency services including, police, fire, ambulance, coastguard and the RAF.

One member of the executive board, Pat Jones, voted against the festival.

She is also a member of Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council which has objected to the event.

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