Bird's nest forces T in the Park to take a break
Scotland’s largest music festival T in the Park is to take a break in 2017 because of an “unregistered but protected osprey’s nest”.
Organisers said they were unable to go ahead with the event after they were asked to apply for full planning permission for the site at the Strathallan Castle estate in Perthshire.
T in the Park was forced to move from its long-term home at nearby Balado in 2015, but this year’s festival was hit by traffic problems as some revellers said they were stuck in queues for up to five hours.
In a statement released on the festival website on Thursday, organisers said: “T in the Park has become one of the best known, biggest and most loved festivals in the world.
“However, the last couple of years have had their challenges.”
They described the move to Strathallan Castle as “against our will” and a “mammoth task for the event”.
They pointed to the appearance an “unregistered but protected by law osprey’s nest” on site this year as the main reason for the festival’s cancellation.
“We were informed by Scottish Government Ministers that we would have to apply for full planning permission,” they said.
“The constraints – logistically and financially – that the resulting planning conditions put upon us are simply not workable,” they added.
“We now need to take stock and take a year out to try to resolve the issues so that we can once again deliver the kind of camping festival you are used to and deserve.”
Planning for the 2017 festival was under way when the decision to cancel was taken.
“We tried our best to work with the pressures placed upon the site by bringing in an additional team and fixing the first year traffic issues,” the organisers said.
“But ultimately we’re not in control of the overall site layout and the continued restrictions means that the negative impact on our fans and the limitations placed on their experience is too great.”
Two people died at the event this summer before any acts took to the stage.
Peter McCallum and Megan Bell, both 17, died in the campsite in what were reportedly drug-related incidents.
A rape investigation was also launched by the police following an attack on an 18-year-old.
Some reports have suggested a new festival is being planned by T in the Park bosses for Glasgow Green in July 2017, but no details have been confirmed.