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Sky lantern event

Update 06/07/2018

Buxton Light Fest Response to representations submitted.

Licensing Services acknowledge receipt of correspondence with regards to the proposed Light Fest event at Buxton Raceway.

Update released - 03/07/2018

The Derbyshire Events Safety Advisory Group (DESAG) has been liasing with the organisers of the proposed event over the past four months and has expressed its concerns regarding this event.

The Group is waiting for further information from the event organisers including a definitive fire risk assessment, a detailed events plan and a traffic management plan.

The land on which the event is to be held is owned by Buxton Raceway. 

They have applied for a license to play music at the event which has been rejected.

DESAG is a multi-agency advisory group made of the emergency services, representatives from the County and Borough Councils, adjacent land owners, Natural England, the Peak District National Park and the Civil Aviation Authority.

The Peak District National Park has expressed particular concern in light of the recent fires on the Tameside moorlands and said: "In the current dry conditions moorland fires spread very quickly and are devastating to the landscape, lethal for wildlife and a threat to people and homes. The use of sky lanterns has the potential to increase this risk, in particular with the release site situated with similar habitats to those currently affected to both the north and south." 

The National Fire Chiefs Council is opposed to the use of sky lanterns - 

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service released the following statement on 2nd July -