A three-day summer festival which could attract thousands has prompted fears of ‘traffic chaos and carnage’ – after one local also claimed a similar event saw people ‘using their garden as a toilet’.

Starlight Concerts Live (Entertainment) Ltd, in London, applied to Bucks Council for a new premises licence for The Legends Festival, at The Henley Showground, in Henley-on-Thames.

The licence is intended to be used for “tribute acts performing on an outdoor stage” – and could see “up to 9,999 persons” in attendance.

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But during a licensing sub-committee hearing, on June 10, Cllr Mark Turner expressed concerns about a possible 2,000 cars, which he argued would cause ‘traffic chaos and carnage’ on nearby roads.

He also expressed concerns about “event creep”, and noise, arguing: “This is not a suitable venue.”

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PICTURED: The Henley Showground.

But Starlight Concerts representative, Nicholas Conrad, said this is a “one-off”, adding there had been “no objections” from the highways authority.

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Cllr Turner’s comments followed earlier concerns from one member of the public, who said they had “suffered severe disturbance” from other outdoor events at the ground, which “generated a totally unacceptable level of noise” that was “extremely unpleasant and intrusive”.

They also said they had people “trespassing into my garden to use it as a toilet…with soiled clothing left in my garage”.

Mr Conrad said there would be on-site security, fencing, toilets, and signage, adding ‘inappropriate behaviour must be challenged’.

Starlight Concerts hopes to be granted permission to serve alcohol, exhibit films, provide live and recorded music outdoors, and have dancing on August 6, 7 and 8.

Opening hours will be Friday, 3pm to just before midnight, and Saturday and Sunday, 11am to just before midnight.

However, licensable activities (above) will run from 4pm-11pm on Friday, and 12pm-11pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Four objections were received during a 28-day consultation.

Mediation by Starlight Concerts did not result in any complaints being withdrawn.

Interested parties will be contacted directly with the committee’s decision.

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