Glastonbury Festival gains licence
Glastonbury Festival has finally won the approval of its village neighbours after the event gained its licence without formal objection for the first time.
The festival - held almost annually at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset for the past 40 years - has been granted a six-year licence to run until 2016.
In the past, owner Michael Eavis's applications have been subjected to a scrutiny hearing because of complaints from the public or concerns from the police, fire or ambulance services - but the latest application, submitted by festival director Melvin Benn, received "few comments and almost no objections", a spokesman for Mendip District Council said.
This meant there was no need for a public hearing for the first time. There was some early concern about fire provision on site but negotiations have now resolved the issues, the authority added.
At his home, Mr Eavis was asked if the news showed the festival had finally won establishment approval after four colourful decades. "I think we have," the country's most famous farmer said.
He added: "There was not a single complaint - you can't believe it, can you? That's pretty good going and it's a wonderful present for the 40th anniversary.
"We have been working very hard for years and years. I think general approval for the event is worldwide. It's taken a long, long time to be accepted by the community."
"The economic benefit to the region is now around £100 million."
This year's festival takes place on June 25, 26 and 27. Tickets have now sold out.