THE organiser of the ill-fated Waxfest event has hit out at ‘hostile’ local authorities, after the festival’s cancellation this week lost him £25,000.
Jamie Cummins was forced to cancel the festival, which was set to attract some of the biggest names in the DJ world to Priory Park in Chichester to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
“I would love to do an event in Chichester next year,” he said.
“But I don’t think I would waste my time dealing with Chichester District Council again.
“They’re so old-fashioned and they can’t seem to get it into their heads that not everybody wants to go to a flower show at the weekend.”
A council spokeswoman previously said health and safety forms were not returned in time.
“At such short notice we were not confident that adequate plans were in place to ensure safety and to prevent problems for the community,” she said.
But Mr Cummins said he was not informed of any deadlines beforehand.
All the acts still needed paying, including headline act Judge Jules as well as a number of other non-recoverable costs.
A statement on Waxfest.net said not getting Priory Park left them with insufficient resources to find another site in time. Mr Cummins was hopeful an event would be hosted next year – just outside the area covered by CDC.
He said he received ‘so much support’ from people in Chichester.
He also invited CDC to contact him with regards to holding an event next year.