West Sussex Medieval festival gets go-ahead

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MEDIEVAL festivals with jousting knights in shining armour, battle re-enactments, minstrels, jesters and a ‘Medieval Babes’ choir, can go ahead in countryside in the Chichester district, councillors have decided.

But a meeting of the district’s licensing sub-committee heard there was opposition from many residents, and Loxwood Parish Council, to the use of the Loxwood Meadow, at Roundstreet Common, Loxwood.

Concerns were expressed about the impact on the quiet countryside, traffic issues, and noise. But after a lengthy hearing, councillors agreed to grant a premises licence for events on a maximum of three weekends a year – with a maximum of three days per weekend – between May 1 and September 30.