Riverside could go to a new location

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ORGANISERS of the Riverside Festival have lodged an application to hire a new location.

The Riverside Association of Music and Arts traditionally holds the festival on The Meadows in Stamford, on the first weekend in July.

This year’s event, due to be held on Saturday, was cancelled in December after a row erupted between the association and the town council over a damaged bench and councillors’ desire to see audited accounts.

But now the committee is looking at other venues including the Empingham Road Playing Fields, Stamford. It lodged an application with South Kesteven District Council to use the field for next year’s event. The application was lodged on Tuesday.

It is also holding talks with landowners such as Anglian Water and Peterborough City Council.

The association’s application to use the Meadows for next year’s event is due to be decided by Stamford Town Council’s amenities committee on Tuesday.

The council has already agreed in principle to let the Hobo Festival use the Meadows between June 29 and July 2, 2012.

If the council allows Riverside to use the Meadows it would save the association the £8,000 fee in paying for a new site to be licensed.

Festival director Jenny Collins said the association is looking at Empingham Road, Rutland Water, a field on the outskirts of Stamford and a site in Peterborough.

She said: “It is nice to have all these options.”

Mrs Collins said that the next step is to hold visits to assess all the sites before lodging any licensing application.

A licensing application takes at least 56 days to complete.

Anglian Water has confirmed it is holding talks with Riverside.

Spokesman John Clare said: “Anglian Water has agreed to meet with the organisers of the Riverside Festival to see if there is any way we could help with future events.”