Liquor license granted for Worthy Pastures event at Glastonbury Festival site

Thousands of people visiting the Glastonbury Festival site this summer will be able to enjoy a drink after a new license is granted.

Glastonbury Festival Events Ltd. (GFEL) has applied for a license to sell alcohol at Goose Hall on the Worthy Farm site in Pilton, as part of the Worthy Pastures camping event.

The Mendip District Council Licensing Sub-Committee met virtually to discuss the proposals on July 19, but did not make a decision on the day.

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The council has now published its decision to grant the licence, meaning up to 3,000 people at any one time will be able to enjoy a drink while camping on site.

GFEL was given permission by the council in April to hold the Worthy Pastures event, with people able to camp at the festival site for up to six nights at a time until August 31.

The new license will allow organizers to sell Goose Hall alcohol for on-site and take-out from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with the building itself and surrounding area accommodating up to 200 people.

Festival-goers enjoy ice cream during the warm weather at the Glastonbury Festival on June 29, 2019.

A “silence policy” would be in place between 11pm and 8am to avoid excessive noise from the campsite which could disturb people living nearby.

Nicholas Hall, a resident of Pilton, accused the GFEL of failing to consult properly with the local population and called for restrictions to be imposed on the event.

He said: “It is still evident that the plaintiff does not take his counseling responsibilities seriously.

“GFEL should hold a public meeting before the premises open to explain how they intend to manage these new premises and how they intend to reduce the impact on residents of Pilton.

“Staff and vendors serving the premises should access the site from the A361 via the red door only, and should limit deliveries between 8am and 4pm only.”

Councilor Sam Phripp, who chaired the subcommittee meeting, said Mr Hall and opponents were “looking for prohibitions, undertakings or conditions for activities that have been restricted by the government because they do not are no longer as important”.

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He added: ‘There was no representation from the responsible authorities or the wider community, and there was no suggestion that this candidate would not do an excellent job.’

With that in mind, the subcommittee voted to grant the license for the event.

Jan G. Gilbert