Festival complains about councillor's behaviour

Brownstock are formally complaining about Stephen Savage

Brownstock are formally complaining about Stephen Savage

First published in News

Brownstock festival directors have made a formal complaint about a councillor’s behaviour during a licensing hearing.

Stephen Savage, one of three councillors on Maldon District Council’s licensing sub-committee, had claimed the festival’s safety and evacuation plans could lead to “another Hillsborough”.

Following the hearing, directors Adam Brown and Ralph Broadbent, said they were “appalled by the unprofessional behaviour of Councillor Savage and were particularly shocked by his comment regarding the Hillsborough disaster.”

They also felt it showed a lack of understanding of the event, held at Morris Farm in Stow Maries, and that the comment was “extremely disrespectful to the people involved in the Hillsborough disaster.”

A council spokesman said: “We can confirm that the council has received and responded to a letter from solicitors representing the Brownstock organisers."

Mr Savage said: “I cannot pass comment on something I have not seen.” 

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12:10pm Fri 1 Aug 14

CLKR64 says...

Only going from the comments in this report, if this councillor is genuinely worried about health and safety at this event why the uproar? If my teens were visiting Brownstock I would want all precautions possible in place and questions to be asked if not. It sounds like he is only doing his job to me. Not sure why the Hillsborough comparison is so terrible either if it means lessons are learnt from crowd control at big events and saves lives.
Only going from the comments in this report, if this councillor is genuinely worried about health and safety at this event why the uproar? If my teens were visiting Brownstock I would want all precautions possible in place and questions to be asked if not. It sounds like he is only doing his job to me. Not sure why the Hillsborough comparison is so terrible either if it means lessons are learnt from crowd control at big events and saves lives. CLKR64
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10:06am Sat 2 Aug 14

Regbluebottle says...

I wonder if the festival organisers would have made the complaint had Mr. Savage used the Hillsborough comparision but agreed to their licence ?

Sounds like a case of sour grapes to me.

And I concur with CLKR64, it's in nobodies interest to not have adequate health and safety measures in place, particularly where crowds of youngsters are concerned.
I wonder if the festival organisers would have made the complaint had Mr. Savage used the Hillsborough comparision but agreed to their licence ? Sounds like a case of sour grapes to me. And I concur with CLKR64, it's in nobodies interest to not have adequate health and safety measures in place, particularly where crowds of youngsters are concerned. Regbluebottle
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12:25pm Sat 2 Aug 14

AWW1969 says...

This man is an imbecile, how he is still aloud to moot around our council I don't know. Comparing this event to Hillsborough shows how low he will stoop. He says that he wants 0 tolerence on crime :
http://www.maldonand
burnhamstandard.co.u
k/news/9425264.Mayor
_s_crime_concerns__j
ustified_/?ref=rss

Yet a while after he commits his own petty crimes : http://www.essexloca
lnews.co.uk/2013/08/
27/mans-185-fine-for
-car-marker-pen-vand
alism/

I also wont even start on the benefit fraud court case he was involved in. WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO GET THIS MAN OUT?
This man is an imbecile, how he is still aloud to moot around our council I don't know. Comparing this event to Hillsborough shows how low he will stoop. He says that he wants 0 tolerence on crime : http://www.maldonand burnhamstandard.co.u k/news/9425264.Mayor _s_crime_concerns__j ustified_/?ref=rss Yet a while after he commits his own petty crimes : http://www.essexloca lnews.co.uk/2013/08/ 27/mans-185-fine-for -car-marker-pen-vand alism/ I also wont even start on the benefit fraud court case he was involved in. WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO GET THIS MAN OUT? AWW1969
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