The following information is accurate as far as we understand as at 1 June 2012. For background information please read the history page.
Big Events Camping Ltd (BEC) lodged an appeal against the refusal of their licensing application with Thames Magistrates’ Court.
The Court required BEC to submit a revised premises licence application to the London Borough of Waltham Forest for consideration and this was discussed on Thursday 31 May by a panel of 3 councillors who subsequently gave permission to BEC for alcohol sales, dancing and recorded music between 1pm and 10pm seven days a week.They imposed a limit of 850 in the bar area.
During the meeting one of the Directors of BEC, Denis Geary, informed the meeting that the leader of Waltham Forest Council, Chris Robbins, had ordered him not to discuss the proposed campsite when the lease was signed. More details can be found from the Waltham Forest Guardian report of the meeting.
This is rather telling as the lease was signed to cover a period of 27 days and the council have made no secret of the fact that planning permission for the camp-site would only be required if the lease had been for 28 days or more. Planning permission would of course have required the council to consult with local residents, many of whom still do not know of the plans due to the shroud of secrecy with which the council has enveloped the entire debacle.