WE have made no secret in the past that we do not believe the green fields of Daresbury to be a suitable site for a major pop festival.
Whatever the merits of the music, the behaviour of the people attending, the adequacy or otherwise of the road network to cope with the additional traffic, the people who live in the area deserve to be protected from the noise and disturbance that inevitably accompany such an event.
In an urban environment, where local people are accustomed to a high level of background noise all the time, a pop festival may be acceptable, but in the normally peaceful countryside of Daresbury, or the other neighbouring suburban areas, it is not.
Residents are entitled to object and to fight their cause to the bitter end without risking the loss of substantial sums of money.
Two Walton residents did just that and, for their pains, were ordered to pay costs of some £13,000 in total. We believe this to be an outrageous injustice.
The unlucky pair did not hire lawyers or expert witnesses to fight their cause but their opponents did. It was a David and Goliath struggle - but David did not have the legal equivalent of even a slingshot.
They were not the only locals to object - simply the two prepared to put their names to an appeal.
We would like to think that other objectors - in particular parish councils who, we understand, have received monies from the festival organisers - might consider chipping in to help meet these legal costs.
And we would hope the threat of such costs will not deter local people from objecting again next year.