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COUNCIL ASK FOR VIEWS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL

Councillors are seeking the views of local residents about the Isle of Wight Festival.

Newport Parish Council is asking those who live nearby the Seaclose festival site what they think of the annual music event – which could account for some of the holidaymakers who choose to take Isle of Wight breaks.

Around 1,500 questionnaires will be sent out to residents in Newport North and Central ward by October 1st, to make sure that residents are happy with how the festival is being conducted.

The parish councillors have also said that they want to be more involved with the post-event clean up plans.

According to iwcp.co.uk, councillor Geoff Lumley said at the parish council meeting on Monday: “One of the Isle of Wight Council’s scrutiny panels is going to be taking a review in October, and I wonder if there is any way the parish council can have an input into that, or at least, attend the meeting.”

This year’s festival saw 55,000 music-lovers attend the Festival, which saw performances from the likes of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Tinie Tempah and Jessie J, according to dailymail.co.uk.

The island also saw Bestival take place this month, where Stevie Wonder, Florence and the Machine and New Order headlined. The crowds at the Robin Hill site enjoyed a weekend of glorious sun at the family event.

Tickets for next year’s Bestival are on sale now, with Isle of Wight 2013 tickets expected to be on sale in November.