Mayor suggests delaying Riverside decision

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A MAYOR is proposing to postpone a decision on whether to allow a music festival to go ahead next year until after May’s elections.

Stamford mayor David Brailsford told a public meeting on Saturday that he will be proposing that Stamford Town Council delay making a decision on letting The Meadows to The Riverside Festival for 2012.

The festival is on the agenda for the council’s meeting tomorrow and Coun Brailsford does not want to burden the new council which will be elected after May’s polls with a decision.

About 60 people went along to Stamford Arts Centre on Saturday to have their say on the future of The Riverside Festival at a meeting organised by The Riverside Association of Music and Art.

During the meeting members of the public heard a presentation by the association and were also able to pose questions at the panel, which included association directors and Coun Brailsford.

At the meeting Coun Brailsford said: “The decision for 2012 I would recommend to the council when it comes up on Tuesday that we defer that decision until May.”

The meeting heard that the festival had become a victim of its own success and organisers were considering introducing tickets to reduce the numbers of people who attend the festival.

Issues such as the council’s terms and conditions for hiring The Meadows and its desire to see the associations audited accounts were also discussed.

Residents living near the Meadows were also able to raise concerns about the problems which occur during the festival, including underage drinking and other anti-social behaviour issues.

At the end of the meeting, members of the public who had stayed voted in favour of having the festival.

Both Coun Brailsford and festival director Jenny Collins said the meeting was positive.