Somerset’s Big Green Gathering Cancelled

July 27, 2009 by  

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The Big Green Gathering has been cancelled just a week prior to the event, which was scheduled to start on July 29.

According to the event’s website, organisers of the festival have been forced to close down the site in the Mendip Hills following threatened injunction proceedings in High Court by Mendip District Council supported by Somerset & Avon Police.

According to a statement from festival organisers the injunction served on the Big Green Gathering “was primarily addressing the fact that the Big Green Gathering did not obtain the necessary road closure despite the fact that the Highways Agency had previously indicated that this would be done”.

Big Green Gathering chair Brig Oubridge has reacted angrily to the event’s forced closure, “At the multi-agency meeting on Thursday July 23, we were still negotiating with the police and the council under the genuine belief that things were progressing and we were continuing to spend money on infrastructure, wages and security. If they knew they were going to cancel the event, we can only conclude that this drive to increase expenditure appears to be a deliberate attempt to bankrupt the Big Green Gathering.”


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