Residents in Fernhurst angry following polo party

Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup Final at Cowdray Park,  2013. Picture by Spencer Gale
Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup Final at Cowdray Park, 2013. Picture by Spencer Gale

A POLO party following the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup final has led to an investigation being carried out by Chichester District Council (CDC).

A POLO party following the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup final has led to an investigation being carried out by Chichester District Council (CDC).

It was held in a field to the south of Fernhurst and residents voiced their concerns both before and after the event.

Entitled ‘Glassonbury: The Polo Groove Line Festival,’ and catering for up to 499 guests, it was organised by former professional polo players Henry Brett and James Glasson, who invited members of the polo community to celebrate the finale of one of the most prestigious tournaments on the polo calendar.

The temporary event notice submitted to the council before the party requested provisions for food and alcohol, a DJ, and a live band.

Following a number of complaints after the event, the district council said it was now looking into whether noise abatement regulations had been followed.

A CDC spokesman said: “Following concerns raised by residents, we served a noise abatement notice on the organiser.

“We were contacted by six residents before the event. They had concerns about noise, trespass, access arrangements for emergency services and fire from barbecues.

“Noise monitoring equipment was installed and an officer was on site to make observations.

“Following the event we received complaints about the noise, which we are currently investigating.”

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