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Chaos casts doubt over future of T in the Park

T in the ParkA council’s concerns over safety and traffic congestion is threatening this year’s T in the Park rock festival.

Officials at Perth & Kinross Council want a number of assurances from the organisers that there will be no repeat of the chaos last year before allowing the Strathallan Estate to be used again.

The three-day festival, which attracts daily crowds of around 85,000, moved to Strathallan Castle after 18 years at Balado in Kinross.

Thousands of tickets have been sold for this year’s festival but the council wants DF Concerts to prove it can manage the event following concerns last summer over stewarding and congestion, and reports of more violent incidents than in previous years.

Among the problems identified in a council report were “significant traffic congestion” with festival goers being unable to leave the site for several hours while tailbacks clogged up local roads.

Environment director Barbara Renton says: “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.

“Officers had a high degree of confidence in DF Concerts and expected that organisers could manage fundamental event requirements such as stewarding and signage. This confidence has been undermined following management of TITP 2015. There requires to be a recalibration of the relationship with DF Concerts.”

DF Concerts recently revealed that two former police officers will be in charge of security and traffic management if the event secures a new licence.

DF Concerts said: “We’re incredibly disappointed that, for the first time, we did not achieve the high standards of event management and customer service that we have set for ourselves which the council and our customers have, quite rightly, come to expect.

“We note all points of Perth and Kinross Council’s report as published and remain focused on implementing key changes for 2016. We will not be disappointing ourselves, Perth & Kinross Council, the local community and especially our fans in 2016 and in truth, we look forward to being able to demonstrate that.

“We’re entirely focused on delivering a fun, safe and successful festival that reminds everyone why T in the Park became Scotland’s favourite music festival in the first place.”


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