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Village bans festivals after gig-goers have sex in cars and defecate in public places

An idyllic village banned festivals after residents complained gig-goers were having sex in their cars and pooing in villagers’ gardens.

Locals described the rough conditions as “living through a nightmare”, Herts Live reported.

One World Festival Group Ltd requested to hold additional events at Colesdale Farm Northaw. This would’ve allowed for another dozen events between April-October, 200m from the homes of people.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council didn’t buy it.

It said there were “many reasons” to snub the plans, listing residents’ concerns about further anti-social behaviour.

It also mentioned festivalgoers having sex at car parks and plain sight.



Residents spotted festivalgoers having sex in their cars
Residents spotted festivalgoers having sex in their cars

Locals also complained of visitors defecating in locals’ private gardens, drug use in public spaces and even a car being driven into a crowd.

Watchdog Environmental Health stated that residents would be affected on up to 24 weekends per year.

Hertfordshire Constabulary objected because of the potential for more drug-related incidents and disorder.



The plans could have meant Northaw holding live events 24 weekends per year
The plans could have meant Northaw holding live events 24 weekends per year

Parish councillor Bob Stubbs said the plans would cause total “chaos next summer” if they were allowed to go ahead.

He said residents “lived through a nightmare” this summer.

Cllr Stubbs added: “The issues that we’ve experienced are; people urinating in front gardens, defecating in front gardens, vomiting in front gardens, littering all over the place, people having sex in public car parks.

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“These issues are not to do with the quality of the operator, it’s to do with the profile of the people attending the events.

“As soon as you get mass crowds of youngsters in an area which they don’t know very well, you’re going to have all these problems.”

Councillors voted unanimously against the plan.

James Hoffelner, director of One World Festival Group, said that he had been running a nightclub for more than 10 years and wanted to make the area proud.

Village bans festivals after gig-goers have sex in cars and defecate in public places
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