Anger over rave rule plan

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 December 2011




The district's licensing chief, Budleigh councillor Steve Hall, has hit out at Government proposals, which would allow up to 4,999 ravers to throw a party in field without a licence.

Councillor Hall, who is a town councillor and East Devon District Council’s licensing chairman, told colleagues at the Public Hall last week that the plans were ‘ridiculous.’

He said the Department of Culture Media and Sport was proposing to change the Licensing Act 2003 from next year.

The law would be changed so that gatherings of up to 4,999 people could be held without the need for a licence from EDDC. The move is a far cry from the Tory party of the 1980s when they introduced the Criminal Justice Act, which meant police could disband just 10 people if they were believed to be ‘waiting for a rave to start’.

He said: “This will have a significant impact for everyone. It’s ridiculous. It’s unworkable in terms of rural impact.

“You can imagine a 4,500 people rave on Woodbury Common. Who is going to count how many are going in and how many leave?”

He said that ‘thankfully’ EDDC had been asked for a view and the consultation response that would go back would be ‘extremely robust’. “This is an ill conceived and badly thought out proposal,” he added.

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