Venue move bid

A music festival which has raised more than £40,000 in memory of a Sudbury man who died of cancer is hoping to relocate to Melford Hall.

LeeStock, held in memory of Lee Dunford, a 21-year-old Sudbury musician who died in 2006, had been held at The White Horse in North Street for four years before moving to AFC Sudbury’s MEL Group Stadium last year.

The festival’s organisers have submitted an application to Babergh District Council seeking permission to hold the event over one or two days between May and August at the hall in Long Melford, which is owned by The National Trust and run by the Hyde-Parker family.

Peter Keogh, one of the festival organisers, declined to comment on the application before the licensing sub-committee hearing, which is due to be held on Thursday.

Richard Roper, who lives close to the hall in The Green, has written to the licensing department objecting to the application in its present form.

Mr Roper said: “I am not objecting to it going ahead, what I am objecting to is the music being over two days. I am also worried about the number of people that will be attending.”

Mr Roper said he was told by the festival’s organisers that attendance would be restricted to 1,300 people but no figure is mentioned in the application.

“There will be a lot of young people there and I want to make sure that any alcohol or illegal substance abuse is monitored and can be enforced by proper agencies,” said Mr Roper.

He added that William Hyde-Parker had applied for permission for a similar event last year and was refused, which he felt should be considered by the licensing sub-committee. Mr Roper also expressed concern about potential noise levels.

“As a one-off event to raise money for charity, I am not objecting at all, I am not a killjoy,” he said, adding that he was worried the application in its current form could “open the floodgates” for events being held more frequently at the hall.

William Hyde-Parker, who has been involved in the application, could not be reached for comment.