'Noisy festival kept us awake'
FAMILIES are calling for a 'noisy' three-day musical festival to be scrapped after this year's event kept them awake at night.
Residents living close to Foxfield Railway in Blythe Bridge claim they could not sleep because of the noise generated from the event.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council confirmed it received 11 complaints following the festival, which ran from October 26 to 28.
But the railway and organisers of the Hippy Horror Festival say they took several steps to ensure the music did not impact on neighbours.
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One resident near the site, who asked not to be named, said: "It was non-stop noise all over the weekend. We can accept a one-off event but this went on for three days. We don't want it again."
The start of the event saw bands play from 7pm until 11.30pm before DJs performed until 1am.
On Saturday, the event got underway at 11.30am and finished at 1am, while Sunday's entertainment ended at 11pm.
Foxfield Railway currently hosts around 50 events a year including birthday parties, wedding receptions and concerts.
Marketing manager Richard Barnett said: "We felt the noise was kept to a minimum.
"I did a drive around for three hours and went to different areas to check you couldn't hear anything. I spoke to people out and about who said they could hear something but nothing significant.
"We later received two complaints and I asked for them to put something in writing to me but have had nothing.
"With any event we will always review it and we will look at the merits and down points. But we need to make the railway sustainable."
Hippy Horror organiser Richard Buxton added: "Foxfield spoke to us and made it clear the stage needed to be inside a marquee. We always made sure the music was turned off in time.
"We had complaints from somebody in Grindley Lane and so I went down there but could not really hear it."
A police spokesman said: "Several people contacted Staffordshire Police during the last weekend of October to raise their concerns regarding the noise coming from a licensed event at the location.
"All callers were given suitable advice and the relevant contact details to report their concerns to the local authority, who have responsibility for noise nuisance issues.
"Police officers on routine patrol in the area over that weekend also offered reassurance to local residents."