News welcome-to-llay-sign

Residents of Llay have voiced their anger after discovering thousands of people will descend on the village for a music festival this summer.

Mifest, which will feature dance, dubstep and rap acts, has been described as “one of the most exciting things to happen in the Northwest; musically, for a very long time”.

However, residents say they were not properly consulted over it and have raised fears regarding security and noise levels at the festival.

Up to 5,000 people are expected to attend the festival each day over the weekend of August 10-12 and it will take on Hall Farm, off Gresford Road not far from several residential areas.

Denis Owen who lives in Llay said he has yet to find anyone in the village who is happy with the music festival and accused Wrexham Council of pushing the festival’s licensing application through by putting two small notices up over the Christmas period.

He said: “We have been campaigning around the area and have yet to find a single person in favour of it.

“We visited 80 homes on the Woodlands estate which is near the site of the festival and nobody living there even knew it was coming.

“The council initially told us that it was to be a charity festival for families, but we have since found out it’s a commercial venture.

He added: “Two people I know have cancelled their holidays as they are worried about what will happen and a local car sales business is moving out during the festival.”

“The festival has its own private security which is fair enough, but they don’t have the powers of police officers so if someone is kicked out they’re going to be roaming the streets of Llay.”

A public meeting will now be held for residents to meet with event organisers and council officials at Llay Miners Welfare Institute on Thursday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

A spokesperson for Wrexham Council’s licensing department said: “The licence was granted last January following the required consultation period. It was advertised and the local members and Community Council were informed. I have been in contact with the two members for Llay and they are fully aware of the complaints.”

Anyone unable to attend next week’s meeting can also submit their concerns via email to public_protection_service@wrexham.gov.uk or by calling 01978 292049.