T In The Park submits weighty licensing application to overcome council concerns
By Chris Cooke | Published on Wednesday 23 March 2016
T In The Park promoter DF Concerts has submitted its licensing application for 2016, according to Dundee newspaper The Courier, and it includes a radical overhaul of traffic and security arrangements in a bid to overcome concerns expressed by the local authority which controls licensing for the event’s new site.
As previously reported, after the Scottish festival relocated to a new site at the Strathallan Estate in Perthshire last summer there were an assortment of logistical problems during the event, resulting in Barbara Renton of Perth & Kinross Council saying: “Council staff will need substantial reassurances and evidence from DF that detailed plans will be prepared on time, and the event will be delivered more effectively, before officers could have confidence in recommending it takes place at Strathallan again”.
DF pre-empted a damning report from the Council on their 2015 event by announcing the recruitment of two former Police Scotland officers to oversee security and traffic arrangements, and the appointment of a new experienced supplier to look after site management. The promoters also said they had been getting feedback from all stakeholders and would respond to all the criticism.
According to The Courier, the new licensing application from Team T runs to hundreds of pages, and includes major changes to travel arrangements and staffing. A large-scale bus station will be set up Glastonbury-style and ticket-buyers will be encouraged to travel to the event by coach. The site’s layout will also be rejigged and efforts will be made to improve staff briefings and communications.
DF boss Geoff Ellis concludes in this submission: “We always strive to create a fun-filled, enjoyable safe weekend for everyone and my whole team is focussed on making … a festival that we can all be proud of once again”.
He, Calvin, Ian and Anthony will now all await with interest, and maybe some anticipation, to see how local residents and all important councillors respond to the new plan.