Key meeting to discuss Matt Cardle concert concerns

THE man behind X Factor winner Matt Cardle’s Boston gig is determined to see off concerns from the police and council today to win a licence for the event.

Boston Town chairman Mick Vines has booked the chart-topper to appear at his club’s Tattershall Road ground on May 26, backed by a string of local bands.

However Mr Vines must first obtain a premises licence from Boston Borough Council for the event, with officers from the authority and Lincolnshire Police raising fears about ‘public safety’ at the gig.

Mr Vines has enlisted the help of Grimbsy-based Stephen Stanley to put the event on and is confident that he has everything in place to make sure the event runs smoothly and safely.

He said: “I don’t know what their problem is. I admit I have not got the expertise but I have brought people in from away for that. As far as I am concerned it is going to go ahead and there shouldn’t be a problem.”

The chairman says fans have brought tickets from as far afield as Wales and Cornwall to see the TV star and feels the council should encourage them to come and spend money in the local economy.

He said the venue hosted 2,400 fans for an FA Vase game against Taunton in 1993/94 with no problems and stressed he will have as many stewards, toilets and first aid trained staff as needed.

In a submission to today’s licensing sub committee, borough council environment health officer Trevor Darnes said Mr Vines has provided ‘insufficient evidence’ that the event will be ‘properly planned and managed’.

Pc Rachel Ward’s evidence states: “It is of grave concern that there is evidence of failure to comply with commitments regarding public safety issues even before any licence has been granted.”

The meeting today (Wednesday) starts at 2pm at the Municipal Buildings in West Street, Boston.