Festival flooding cost county council £8,000

By Alex Jones in Politics

A FLOODING fiasco at a popular music festival left Gwynedd Council with a hefty £8,000 bill, but taxpayers should not have to pay a penny.

In September, more than 50 Gwynedd Council staff were called out to work in a makeshift hostel at a leisure centre after the fields serving as a car park for the Festival No 6 event at Portmeirion flooded.

Torrential downpours when the event was taking place caused the Afon Glaslyn to break its banks, leaving some vehicles inaccessible.

Hundreds of cars were marooned, some for several days, in axle-deep mud on the fields near Porthmadog football club’s stadium, Y Traeth, and had to be dragged out of the mud by tractors.

As a result, stricken festival-goers made their way to the Glaslyn Leisure Centre which was used for those who had nowhere to go and no means to get home.

About 160 people were forced to sleep in the leisure centre as the Red Cross was drafted in to help them.

Released information has subsequently revealed the cost to Gwynedd Council for its work during the aftermath of the flood was £7,948.18.

However, the taxpayer will not be expected to foot the bill.

Read the full story in tomorrow’s north editions of the Cambrian News

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