The Big Green Gathering has been shut down by the police, Mendip District Council (Cannards Grave Rd., Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT, 01749 343399) - and some high up official or minister, presumably in the Home Office (Telephone: 020 7035 4848 (09:00-17:00 Mon-Fri).
In the past they have tried to price it out of the market by imposing unreasonable standards of security, creating ever rising security costs.
This controlling action will backfire on them as disappointed would-be BGG attendees, with their bags ready packed and a window in their diaries, head for the Vestas factory in Newpoort Isle of Wight to support the sit-in at the wind turbine blade factory. Seize the Day are already there with a song to back the action, and Mr Plod's hamfisted attempt to frustrate the hippies will contribute greatly to the size of the demonstration. Remember that the Isle of wight is not the enemy - they aim to turn Wight into an eco-island. The real enemy is the bowler hatted, conservative (and Conservative) mindset of Whitehall Civil Servants who are determined to further the cause of nuclear power and Government Control at all costs.
We are going to need wind turbines. The Vestas factory can change from building American style blades to British style blades. This is a situation borne of Government malice and stupidity.
Big Green Gathering Shut Down
“It’s political” Chief Superintendent tells BGG Director
Chief Superintendent Paul Richards admitted to a Big Green Gathering Director that the decision to shut down the Big Green Gathering was political and confirmed to the Chair of the Big Green Gathering that orders had come from the highest level.
During a meeting today between the police and directors of the Big Green Gathering, the superintendent said the decision to shut down the BGG was taken over a week ago, confirming the statement from the BGG lawyer that the ‘injunction was a red herring.’
Directors from the BGG are horrified at this partisan interpretation of licencing law. Big Green Gathering Chair Brig Oubridge said, “At the multi-agency meeting on Thursday 23rd July, we were still negotiating with the police and the council under the genuine belief that things were progressing and we were continuing to spend money on infrastructure, wages and security. If they knew they were going to cancel the event, we can only conclude that this drive to increase expenditure appears to be a deliberate attempt to bankrupt the Big Green Gathering.
The injunction served on the Big Green Gathering was primarily addressing the fact that the Big Green Gathering did not obtain the necessary road closure despite the fact that the Highways Agency had previously indicated that this would be done.
The Big Green Gathering has been running an event since 1994 and never before has public safety been an issue. The BGG has an exemplary record on health and safety and crime levels have always been low for the number of people on site.
Despite the concerns over the behaviour of the Council and the Police, event organisers will work with them to ensure the safety of those at the premises and ensure that they leave the land in an orderly fashion. Brig concluded, “We are very aware of our responsibilities to those already on the site and very sad for all those who were coming to enjoy one of the most peaceful festivals in the UK.”