Storm of protest over colour festival plans

Adur chairman Mike Mendoza demonstrates how close to the road the event would be
Adur chairman Mike Mendoza demonstrates how close to the road the event would be

A COLOUR festival which sees thousands of people throwing up clouds of powdered paint has caused a storm of protest in Shoreham.

Councillors are furious the Holi One Colour Festival has been given an initial booking for Saturday, July 5, and some fear the council has been misled about what is involved.

Adur Council chairman Mike Mendoza said the all-day music festival could put drivers and aircraft at risk.

Cllr Liza McKinney, who represents Shoreham Beach, shared his concerns, and a bid to stop the festival is now gathering pace.

The festival, which came to the UK for the first time last year with an event at London’s Battersea Power Station, is inspired by the Indian Holi celebrations but it is non-religious and not related.

Mr Mendoza said residents at Ropetackle, which he represents, would be badly affected.

“I am not a killjoy and have no problem with this event, but not right on a main road and so close to the airport and Ropetackle,” he said. “Put it somewhere else.

“I have serious misgivings for several reasons. In the event of any wind or breeze, this coloured powder will travel. This is right on the main A259.”

Ms McKinney said she was opposed to the event and Shoreham Beach Residents Association had also voiced concerns.

The festival is billed as midday to 10pm, with an elongated marquee for an all-day bar, a stage and portable loos on Adur Recreation Ground.

It is expected up to 5,000 people will attend and according to the website, early bird passes are already sold out.

Ms McKinney added: “Throwing paint and coloured powders over each other every hour will be blown on into the A259.

“Who will be responsible for any pedestrians and people in cars passing by if there is an accident outside the Adur Rec?

“I do not believe they can all be accommodated within the Adur Rec, nor can the ginormous traffic implications be dealt with adequately.”

A council spokesman said the organiser’s event management plan and licence application was awaited and this would be analysed before a final decision was made on whether to allow the event application to proceed.