UK: T in the Park – Scotland’s largest festival – has confirmed that it will take a hiatus for a yet undetermined amount of time owing to the implications of its site move last year. Associated with the move were a number of restrictions and conditions that allegedly prevented the event from providing a satisfactory experience for fans.
A statement released by the organisers states that the event’s reluctant move from Kinross to Strathallan in 2015 “was a mammoth task for the event and one that was compounded by a series of onerous site restrictions placed upon us as preparations for the event in 2015 took place.
“As the build up to the festival was well underway we were informed by Scottish Government Ministers that we would have to apply for full Planning Permission due to the presence of an unregistered, but protected in law, osprey’s nest. The constraints – logistically and financially – that the resulting planning conditions put upon us are simply not workable. We tried our best to work with the pressures placed upon the site by bringing in an additional team and fixing the first year traffic issues, but ultimately we’re not in control of the overall site layout and the continued restrictions means that the negative impact on our fans and the limitations placed on their experience is too great. We now need to take stock and take a year out to try to resolve the issues so that we can once again deliver the kind of camping festival you are used to and deserve.”