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to be reviewed RAMBLIN’ Man and same-size music events will be permitted in the council’s town centre parks for up to eight days next summer. In ‘re-defining’ its Festival and

Events Policy, the council’s Heritage, Culture and Leisure Committee quantified Ramblin’Man– at a max- imum of 65 decibels – as a category A event, two of which will be al- lowed over six days in Mote Park. Another such event will be allowed at Whatman Park over two days a year. A statement from committee chairman Cllr David Pickett read: “Large-scale events including Proms in thePark, Maidstone Mela and The Ramblin’ Man Fair provide the op- portunity for communities to enjoy open-air, high-quality, family events right on their doorstep. “We are aware that these events

may cause some disruption to resi- dents butwe are committed to look- ing atways to limit these impacts.” When pressed as to whether the classification comprised a reduction in noise levels, a spokesman con- ceded that no substantive change had been approved, adding:“We are looking at other ways to reduce the escape of noise from the Mote Park bowl and are considering getting a sound specialist in to assist.”

Tory: ‘Iwas ejected from Ramblin’ Man meeting’

A MAIDSTONE councillor claims he was “thrown out” of a meeting to discuss this summer’s Ramblin’ Man Festival in Mote Park. Tory Cllr Mike

Revell (left),whohas taken a stand over the volume pro- duced by the festi- val, was planning to outline his concerns about the event to

the heritage, culture and leisure committee on November 30. But hours before the panel met, he

says he was told by the authority’s legal team he would be unable to speak because he lives in a property in the park and could be seen as a having a vested interest. Maidstone Borough Council stren-

uously denies Cllr Revellwas ejected or prevented from speaking. Cllr Revell said: “Iwas telephoned

on the afternoon of the meeting by the legal department and told I should not take part in the discus- sions of item 12 (Ramblin’ Man) be- cause I had an interest. “It tookme10 minutes to discover

itwas because I would be concerned about the value of my home. “I do live within earshot of the Ramblin’ Man concert, but so do thousands of other residents.” An MBC spokesman said Cllr

Revell did not declare an interest at the start of the meeting, despite chairman Cllr David Pickett asking him specifically about the agenda item relating to Ramblin’ Man. The Bearsted member was ad-

vised that he had a “significant in- terest” as he lives within Mote Park. The spokesman added: “The team

gave the advice that Cllr Revell shouldmakehis representations and then he should leave; however, this was only advice. Legal made the point that they could not force him


to leave the meeting and they cer- tainly did not throw him out.” After further discussion, Cllr Rev-

ell made his statement but left the room, saying hewas doing so on the advice of theMBClegal team. Cllr Revell has been pursuing the council and the organisers of the Ramblin’ Man event after com- plaints about noise levels. The summer festival – headlined

by Whitesnake (above) – could be clearly heard miles away in Cheg- worth and Harrietsham. Cllr Revell is determined to secure

more independent noise monitoring across the weekend, of filing com- plaints during the event and a re-ex- amination of where the sound system is placed in future.

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