The weather-related problems that dogged this year’s Isle of Wight Festival mean lessons will be learned for the future, it has been claimed.
Stuart Love, director of economy and the environment at Isle of Wight Council, told bbc.co.uk that the local authority is looking at what can be done better – but stressed that the people’s exit from the event on Sunday and Monday (June 24th and 25th) was “successful”.
He said: “There will be a very strong focus on learning lessons over the difficulties we had with car parks on Thursday. We are aware residents and visitors had a tough time. This is the 11th year after ten successful years of the festival.”
The difficult weather conditions will not have bothered those staying in Isle of Wight hotels as much as their camping counterparts. Those who found themselves stuck at the campsite may wish to re-think their plans at next year’s festival; perhaps also checking into a hotel instead.
Despite the festival’s initial transportation issues, revellers’ exit from the Isle of Wight Festival was relatively incident-free. Among the extra measures taken were the provision of additional 4x4s to help people get their vehicles out of the mud and additional ferry services back to the UK mainland being offered.
Speaking to portsmouth.co.uk, Hampshire Police inspector Paul Savill said the operation had gone “really well” and claimed that the experience will help organisers of other occasions on the island – like Bestival.