From Stephen Pemberton, letter published in the Sidmouth Herald:
EDDC Licensing Committee Agree Sidmouth Town Council and Jazz and Blues Festival Arrangements.
It’s sad to see that the EDDC Licensing Committee would agree the Application by the proposed Jazz and Blues Festival for 2022, with the backing of Sidmouth Town Council, on the basis of no information and no consultation with the necessary Statutory Bodies, with only the promises and assurances that they will act in the best interests of Sidmouth.
This is against a background of the STC Town Clerk and Chairman’s ill-conceived Plans which they have forced through, having informed the Organiser that it was all agreed, done and dusted, even before a full Town Council meeting.
STC meetings have prevented STC Cllrs from raising concerns about the Proposals.
There is a lack of Scrutiny and Challenge by STC Cllrs, which is their role to do.
STC have not consulted Sidmouth Town residents on the Town Clerk and Chairman’s proposals, alerted, or informed Sidmouth Town residents of the details of their Plan.
The EDDC Licensing Committee has now taken on responsibility and accountability from STC through the Organiser for the proposed Event.
The concerns relate to:
– Planned excessive numbers of 2,750 attendees at each of the (2/3?) Events for each Event of each day
– Full Closure of The Ham and The Ham pathway and Cycleway for 14 full days and nights
– Disruption for all members of the Public and visitors to the Town and esplanade
– Unsafe, congested funnelling of people at all times of the day and evening down Mill Street and York Street, and around and over the small bridge and along the riverside path to the esplanade
We shall have to wait to see if the Organiser and their Event Manager have heeded concerns that STC have fully known and proposed, and drastically adjust their arrangements.