Diss Town Council responds to news Gig in the Park will not be going ahead in 2019
Diss Town Council has responded to news that Gig in the Park will not be going ahead in 2019.
Today, organiser Geoff Dixon said delays in establishing a fee for the use of the Park and a lack of commitment to help him grow the event over the coming years had forced him to pull the plug.
In a statement, released this afternoon, the council said: "The Town Council is very disappointed to hear today that Mr Dixon has decided to cancel this year's Gig in the Park.
"This is very surprising given that the council gave the go-ahead in December, and the organisers have in the meantime submitted a license application to the licensing authority, South Norfolk Council.
"The first the council heard it was not going ahead was a brief email from Mr Dixon this morning.
"Mr Dixon states that he has been unable to reach a reasonable accommodation with the town council.
"It is a mystery to the council what additional accommodation Mr Dixon may be seeking as we have had no formal contact with him since the December full council meeting.
"Mr Dixon suggests he needs a multi-year commitment from the council to stage the event, before embarking on Gig in the Park 2019.
"This is reasonable and was in fact inferred by council in discussions with the organiser regarding fees.
"If this was indeed a crucial consideration for the event, it would have been valuable to stress this to the council during the meetings that were held.
"Diss town council is and has always been very positive towards Gig in the Park.
"The council is disappointed that Mr Dixon has changed his mind about staging the event in 2019 and would be delighted to consider a written proposal covering a fully worked up plan to make Gig in the Park 2020 a success, both for the town and Mr Dixon’s organisation.
"We look forward to seeing his proposals.”
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