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BOMfest Organiser Criticises 'Obstructive' Council

Monday May 20 2013

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LOSSES of up to £15,000 could spell the end for BOMfest, its organisers have warned.

Postponement of last year's festival - after hay in a field where it was being staged was deemed too wet to cut - cost them between £10,000 and £15,000 and the group is still being chased for debts by contractors.

This summer's event has already been cancelled and the festival's manager, Dave Hancock, said it's been shelved because the voluntary team is 'fed up of jumping through hoops' with Barnsley Council.

He said as well as taking on a new venue in Sheffield, and some of the team moving on, he felt Barnsley Council's public events administrators had been 'obstructive' when it came to staging the outdoor festival.

He said the breaking point came last year when the July event at Worsbrough Country Park had to be postponed until September.

Dave said BOMfest offered to pay £2,000 to cover money that would be lost by cutting the hay, which is sold for animal feed, early but it was declined.

"If I never run an event in Barnsley again I wouldn't be bothered because we have had so much hassle from the council over the years," said Dave.

"It has been one nightmare after another, especially last year.

"We had to move a £40,000 event for £2,000 worth of hay and it was our necks that were on the line, not the council's.

"We made a massive loss last year due to it being pulled at the last minute."

He said their insurance company is now pursuing a claim against Barnsley Council for the losses.

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Reply Posted by T on Monday May 20 2013 at 10:12
well thats about right for barnsley. odds on its down to "health and safety" issues.

Reply Posted by Mr Big on Monday May 20 2013 at 11:24
That's about reyt 4 Barnsley council if tha waz a JAM ROLL or some other Fournier they would been jumping through hoops for ya.....

Reply Posted by Blade on Monday May 27 2013 at 09:23
However the foreigners including Poles could write better English than you , you racist

Reply Posted by AP on Monday May 20 2013 at 15:53
BMBC should look to Stockton on Tees. Their Stockton Weekender Festival (formerly SIRF in partnership with Stockton Council) gets big bands, pulls big crowds and is a great event year on year fetching out many residents from the local area but also many from further afield. It used to be a free festival, which amazed me, but they do charge now.

Reply Posted by PGC on Monday May 20 2013 at 18:53
BMBC ,,, pathetic ,, and do no what they will do ,,they will go to court an fight .
Instead of red tape ,,no common sence..

Reply Posted by Colette on Monday May 27 2013 at 09:19
They can't even clean the the streets and and paths South Yorkshire has got to be the dirtiest area int country so how on earth dose anybody expect them to be able help people who do there upmost and go out of there way to help the community they are at there best when being awkward .!!!!

Reply Posted by graham on Monday May 27 2013 at 12:02
about right for barnsley council drive everything away from town councils full of old as beens who ent got a qlue

Reply Posted by Darrell on Tuesday July 8 2014 at 14:58
Its the English way.