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Charity event organiser angry at council investigation
THE organiser of a free charity music event has been left in shock after he was told by a district council he could be in trouble for the amount of people who went.
Kevin Sweeney organised Beechstock at Magnolia Park in Hughenden Valley on Saturday to raise money for The Pepper Foundation and for this year's Mayor's charities, One Can Trust and Child Bereavement UK.
The deputy Mayor, Paula Lee, was in attendance and organisers said about 3,000 people went to the free event, which had live bands, children's entertainment and stalls.
But Mr Sweeney has since been told by Wycombe District Council he needs to go to council offices on Wednesday under caution as they said he had too many people at the event.
Mr Sweeney said he had a TEN licence, which was the correct one as far as he was concerned.
He added: "I personally spent £3,000 on the event- which I am not looking to get back.
"It is not about the money. It is about putting Beechstock on, about charities and live music in Wycombe. "Some people go out and buy a car, some people will put on a festival."
He said last year when he tried to hold Beechstock at a different venue he kept getting blocked by WDC and the event didn't go ahead.
He said: "I am ready for a fight. I am doing it for everybody who want to listen to live music.
"They are meant to serve not suppress us."
Mr Sweeney, who is a car salesman, started Beechstock in 2010 when he ran The Beech Tree pub in Hazlemere. It was held there for two years before a bigger venue was needed.
Cllr Lee, who was at a stall for the Mayor's charity appeal, said she thought it was a very well organised event with enough marshalls and security in place. She added: "Everybody had a fantastic time.
It was very well attended but I didn't think it was an uncontrallable crowd or too much for them to handle."
Cllr Ray Farmer added: "It was an excellent event. Everybody I spoke to on the day and since then said what a marvellous thing it was.
"We don't have enough open air concerts. The Rye would be a marvellous area for Beechstock. It should be supported and backed by the council."
WDC spokesman Catherine Spalton said: "Wycombe District Council fully supports live music festivals and works closely with organisers to ensure the events are successful, safe for visitors and do not cause a problem to local residents. Organisers of large outdoor events are encouraged to contact us at an early stage to discuss their plans. Further information and contact details can be found on our website under 'event safety'.
"We are currently carrying out an investigation into the recent Beechstock festival to determine whether there have been any breaches of the Licensing Act and as such, are unable to comment further at this stage."
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