Festival plan sparks village noise fears

WORRIED residents are voicing their concern over plans for a three-day music event near their village.

Residents in Rougham have launched an online petition to fight the Waveform Festival at Rougham Airfield, near Bury St Edmunds.

The electronic music event is set to run from noon on Friday, September 10, until 4am on Monday, September 13, with eight stages, two 24-hour venues and two bars as well as a children’s area, a cinema and organic food stalls.

Campaigners fear the event could create noise, anti-social behaviour and parking problems in nearby streets.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “People are very concerned. It is a 24-music festival so it will be non-stop.’’

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An application has been submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council to allow the sale of alcohol at the event as well as staging live music and dancing.

In the application, Waveform organisers say a shuttle bus service will be provided from Bury train station for up to 1,500 visitors expected at the event.

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A security company will patrol the festival site, which will be surrounded by anti-climbing fencing, and a noise management plan is also being put in place.

But the residents’ campaign has been launched in Rougham and on the neighbouring Moreton Hall estate to raise awareness of the event.

The Waveform application is expected to go before the borough council at some time between August 26 to September 6.’’

No-one from Waveform or Rougham Airfield was available for comment on the festival plans last night.

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