Rain definitely didn’t stop play

25 august 2013.'Leeds Festival 2013 at Bramham Park.
25 august 2013.'Leeds Festival 2013 at Bramham Park.

Leeds Festival has been hailed a success by organisers despite torrential downpours and severe mud leading to heavy traffic and treacherous road conditions.

Organisers ordered a major clean up operation around the areas of Bramham and Thorner after heavy rain left mud-swamped roads on Bank Holiday Monday.

Street sweepers were deployed by festival organisers to clear away mud on-site, as well as roads between Bramham and Thorner.

There were severe delays and slow moving traffic leaving the site on Monday were also reported by police due to road conditions,and a number of festival-goers complained about problems leaving the car park.

And there were reports of a number of vehicles being towed after becoming stuck in the mud near Bramham Park.

Coun Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment said: “While we fully support the Leeds Festival which is a great event in our city, the torrential downpours in the last few days have resulted in the cleanliness and condition of the city centre and some local areas being hit hard as people have made their way home en masse from the event.

“Our first priority is the clean-up operation, and we are currently working extremely hard with partners and have made additional resources available, to have this completed as soon as is practically possible.

“Once the work is completed, I will be seeking an 
urgent conversation with partners such as Network Rail to discuss their views and 
also the organisers to see 
how they can contribute to the excess cost of the clean-up which otherwise the Leeds tax-payer will now have to pay for.”

The three-day festival, which takes place every August Bank Holiday weekend, attracts about 70,000 revellers every year.

Speaking about the clean up, Leeds Festival boss Melvin Benn said: “We work closely with Leeds City Council year round and we will of course discuss this issue and any other concerns that they may wish to raise.”

Despite the complaints, the event, organised by Festival Republic, was hailed a success.

A statement on the festival’s official Facebook page said: “Thanks to every single one of you for making the weekend what it was, and one we’ll never forget.”

Around 70,000 people attended and 28 arrests were made.

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