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Fantasy festival-goers to fight on despite objections

Autumn Equinox - the sixth roleplay event on the private land in Biddlesden this year - will go ahead as planned between September 13-15.

Autumn Equinox - the sixth roleplay event on the private land in Biddlesden this year - will go ahead as planned between September 13-15.

The organiser of a successful World of Warcraft-style fantasy festival has vowed to win over the villagers who tried to stop it happening.

Profound Decisions has staged the event since 2010 at Tournament Stud in Biddlesden and residents are upset that the festival now attracts more than 1,000 people.

But at a hearing this week, Aylesbury Vale District Council told the role-play events company it can continue to hold the festival - as long as it ‘works with the local community’.

Its director Matthew Pennington said: “At the start, we naively assumed we weren’t causing any problems which is a mistake in hindsight.

“In the last 18 months, we have doubled in size but prior to that we hadn’t been a big concern for residents.

“Of course as we have grown, the hindrance to them has also grown.

“I’ll be turning my focus onto what their concerns are and we will try to address them.”

Hundreds of people who attend the events dress up as historical characters, camp overnight on the private land and act out fighting scenes with foam weapons.

The events are themed in a similar way to online game World Of Warcraft.

Biddlesden residents say the noise and parking problems caused by the three-day festival are unacceptable.

But Autumn Equinox – the sixth event on the private land this year – will go ahead as planned between September 13 and 15.

A spokesman for the district council said: “During the hearing the applicant said he would look for alternative routes to the site to minimise traffic disruption.

“He would provide contact details for residents should there be any problems and provide a curfew in relation to noise from the campsite after 11pm.”

 

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