Canterbury Council put Love, Peace and Reggae event on hold

Whitstable’s Love, Peace and Reggae music event has been put on hold by Canterbury Council.

The decision was made that an events license would not be granted at Tuesday’s licensing meeting.

Love, Peace and Reggae was planned to take place on August 4 and 5.

Love, Peace & Reggae concert has been put on hold.

Nigel Bale planned to host the family fun weekend at the Whitstable Rugby Club, until 11pm on the Saturday and Sunday.

The notice was for the sale of alcohol and the provision of regulated entertainment.

The event included local bands, as well as others from around England, an outside bar and food.

At Tuesday’s meeting Mr Bale told the council he wanted to bring some family fun to the Whitstable community.

He said: “What I want to do is create a nice little family event in the area, I don’t want it going on all night, the music will be finishing about half 10 on the Saturday and the Sunday.

Nigel Bale. Photo courtesy of his Facebook page.

“I just want to do something for the community for a change because there’s not a lot going on at the moment.

“I want to create a good time for families, I’ve got a little two year old girl myself now and I want her to be able to go there, so it’s more family orientated that’s why I’ve gone for live bands.”

However, the license was rejected by the council due to the plans seeming uncertain and concerns for the community.

The councillors questioned the event organiser on how this could be a community event when residents had not been approached during planning.

Cllr Terry Westgate was at Tuesday’s meeting.

Cllr Terry Westgate. Photo: The Canterbury Journal.

He said: “The plans got refused as he hadn’t put together a proper application, there was no set plan it was all ‘ifs’.

“We didn’t think he’d be able to control the event for a number of factors.

“I don’t think he will be appealing the decision.”

Nigel Bale has 21 days to appeal the decision and attempt to get the license.

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