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Glastonbury Festival asked to consider alcohol limit for festival-goers

A series of suggestions have been made regarding festival operations Credit: PA Images

Glastonbury Festival should consider limiting the amount of alcohol people can bring to the event, a council report has suggested.

The recommendation featured in a Mendip District Council debrief about last year's festival.

A series of suggestions were made by the local authority around several areas including alcohol, food hygiene and security.

The report suggested that staff on the gates at the site in Pilton should be given a "more robust briefing to ensure uniformity in relation to prohibited items".

It also recommended that consideration be given "to introduce a set limit on the personal amount of alcohol being brought on site, thus promoting consistency and fairness".

According to the festival's website its current policy is that amounts considered Credit: PA Images

Alcohol in glass bottles must already be decanted into alternative containers before people arrive at Worthy Farm, where glass is not allowed.

In 2019 council teams were posted at gates A and B during the festival and found differences between the two, the report states.

It said alcohol allowances "differed from gate to gate as this was a subjective test".

A new licence was issued for the festival in 2018 increasing its capacity by 7000 Credit: PA Images

In 2018 the festival was granted a new licence which allowed them to increase capacity from 203,000 to 210,000 people - but the 2019 attendance figure remained at 203,000.

Despite this there were more noise complaints in 2019, with 37 received by the council compared to five in 2017.

However, festival organisers were praised for "the very successful" event which was described as "well planned and managed".

Organisers were also praised for "responding quickly" to an increased demand for water due to unexpected hot and dry weather.

Stormzy was the first black British solo artist to headline Glastonbury last year Credit: PA Images

The report also highlighted improvements made to reduce the festival's carbon footprint each year, including banning the sale of single-use plastic bottles in 2019.

The council recognises the work that the organisers have undertaken and would like to encourage further work aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of the event and develop best practice to share with other event organisers

– Mendip District Council