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http://bristol.indymedia.org.uk/article/690787

"The injunction to stop the Big Green Gathering cited the fact that the Big Green Gathering could not gain a Road Closure order in time for the event, despite the fact that the Highways Department had told the Big Green Gathering Chair, Brig Oubridge that it would be done. On Tuesday, 28th July, after the Big Green Gathering had been forced to cancel the event, a staff member found the Road Closure Order by a hedge on the Cheddar Road and subsequently another was found still pinned to a gatepost. Other signs appeared to have been taken down and evidence of the silver tape was still in place ..."


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The Big Green Gathering have now made a point-by-point response to the official statement put out by Mendip District Council concerning the event cancellation:

http://www.big-green-gathering.com/index.php?pageid=275

BIG GREEN GATHERING RESPONSE TO MENDIP COUNCIL - for reference )
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/8170533.stm

"Mr Oubridge said when the festival team met council officials and the police on Thursday there had been no mention of a potential injunction.

"He said organisers were encouraged to continue spending on site infrastructure and other features.

"The festival team said they have learned that the decision to apply for a closure was "political" and was taken a week ago, having been ordered "at the highest level". ..."
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http://greenerblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/big-green-gathering-to-relocate-to.html

"The Big Green Gathering has been shut down by the police, Mendip District Council (Cannards Grave Rd., Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT, 01749 343399) - and some high up official or minister, presumably in the Home Office (Telephone: 020 7035 4848 (09:00-17:00 Mon-Fri). ...

"This controlling action will backfire on them as disappointed would-be BGG attendees, with their bags ready packed and a window in their diaries, head for the Vestas factory in Newpoort Isle of Wight to support the sit-in at the wind turbine blade factory. ...

"Chief Superintendent Paul Richards admitted to a Big Green Gathering Director that the decision to shut down the Big Green Gathering was political and confirmed to the Chair of the Big Green Gathering that orders had come from the highest level. ..."
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http://www.big-green-gathering.com/

Dear Friends,

Following threatened injunction proceedings in High Court by Mendip District Council supported by Somerset & Avon Police and having taken extensive advice from a prominent QC and other eminent lawyers, the directors of the Big Green Gathering have been left with no other option than to voluntarily surrender the license for the Big Green Gathering 2009.

The event will now not take place and the directors' advice and request is that no one intending to attend the event should attempt to do so, as the site is now closed and they are likely to be turned away by Somerset Police.

It is our intention to avoid any form of confrontation or public disorder in regard to this and it is our earnest hope that all those involved will follow this advice.

It is with great sadness that we have been forced into this position and we express our profound apologies to all those concerned.

The Directors of The Big Green Gathering
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http://www.big-green-gathering.com/

POLICE AND MENDIP ATTEMPT TO PULL PLUG ON GREEN AWARENESS EVENT

HIGH COURT INJUNCTION TO BE HEARD MONDAY 27TH JULY

Big Green Gathering instructs legal team to fight injunction

The Big Green Gathering, a five day eco-awareness event is determined to fight for the right to hold its annual event on the Mendip Hills, near Cheddar. The environmental event, which combines practical advice and demonstrations on sustainable lifestyles combined with entertainment powered by the wind, the sun and people is threatened with closure on Monday, 27th July, just thirty-six hours before it opens to the public on Wednesday.

Mendip District Council have applied to the High Court in London for an injunction to stop the Big Green Gathering from going ahead, despite the fact that the Council granted a license for the Big Green Gathering on 30th June, 2009 and a multi-agency meeting was held on 23rd July where last minute details for the event were progressed.

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