V2002 - Northern Leg Licence Granted!
24 July 2002
After months of careful planning by V2002 organisers, South Staffordshire Council have approved a Public Entertainment License for the event to be staged at Weston Park over the weekend for the fourth year running.
To satisfy the requirements of the license, V festival organisers demonstrated the adequacy of its event safety management plan to the emergency services and the Council's licensing consultants, Symonds Group Ltd of Birmingham.
This plan includes arrangements for traffic and car parking, site safety and security, camping and welfare provisions, fire precautions and medical support, noise and other controls to minimize nuisance to neighbouring residents.
V2002 Festival Director for Weston Park said:
"We've worked together with South Staffordshire Council to ensure that every precaution has been made to make V2002 the safest and most successful V festival yet. It is our aim to ensure that festival-goers have to worry about is which band to see next, so it's a testament to our team that the license has been approved first time once again, while other events have been finding it much tougher this year."
Mike Hampson, Chairman of South Staffordshire Council's Regulatory Committee explained:
"Roseclaim (V2002 organisers) has built up an excellent relationship with this Council and the emergency services since organising the first V Festival at Weston Park in 1999. Arrangements for the event have improved every year since then and a public entertainment license has now been approved, in principle, for V2002."
The organisers have also secured the festival's future at Weston Park, with the venue's trustees, for the next four years.
Organisers were keen to deliver this news to Virtual Festivals on the same day that the Carling Weekend Leeds Festival had its licence granted, following an appeal against its initial rejection, highlighting the competition between the two Northern events. They also remain confident that Travis will be able to carry out their headline slot, despite the recent spinal injury to drummer Neil Primrose.