A music festival near Manorbier was given the go-ahead after organisers and licensing officers reached a compromise over noise complaints.

Police, pollution control and nearby residents had raised concerns about noise disturbance at last year’s Westival at Shipping Hill Farm.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s licensing committee met on Tuesday (April 30) to discuss an application for this year’s three-day camping festival in July.

Objections were submitted by Dyfed-Powys Police licensing officer Nigel Lewis, the council’s pollution control team as well as “numerous complaints” from residents.

However, following a mediation meeting last week a compromise was reached and changes to the hours music will be played made.

Mr Lewis and pollution control officer Nathan Myles confirmed that the alterations meant that objections were withdrawn by the responsible authorities.

Two members of the public who had also submitted objections attended the meeting on Tuesday and said they were happy with the changes made.

Music and serving of alcohol on the Friday and Saturday night will now finish at 1am, with late night refreshments available until 2am. On Sunday night music will stop at 1opm, serving of alcohol will stop at midnight and late night refreshments will be available until 2am.

Other conditions include employing a noise consultant to ensure noise levels are reasonable, which a budget has been set aside for the committee was told, and setting up a dedicated complaints line for residents.

Joseph Worley, one of the organisers, said that a 1am finish would mean the festival remain viable “in terms of generating revenue” and that all responses had been assessed “very carefully.”

We’ve done our utmost to reach a compromise with out effecting the festival’s longevity,” he told the committee.

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