Greenwich Council rejects Peninsula Festival plans

Delta Beach.jpgPlans for a huge music festival on Greenwich Peninsula to coincide with next year's Olympic Games have been rejected by Greenwich Council.

The Council has turned down applications for licences for the events following a meeting at Woolwich Town Hall yesterday. It cited a lack of detail in the plans.

The original plans for the Peninsula Festival included staging concerts to be attended by up to 45,000 people, although that was scaled down to 20,000 by organisers Orange Connections to try and assuage police and public concerns.

However, various parties - including Locog, the Metropolitan Police, Greenwich residents and Tower Hamlets councillor Peter Golds - spoke to the licensing committee to object to the plans.

Concerns ranged from excessive noise, the proximity of the proposed festival site to Olympic venues at The O2 and Greenwich Park, the lack of available police resources to supervise the event during the Olympics and the strain the event would place on public transport.

The proposals had also included plans for a huge campsite, as well as events to be held on Delta Beach, on the western shore of the peninsula, to run late into the night.