Council bosses say they remain determined to claw back some of the costs of the city centre clean-up operation that followed this year’s Leeds Festival.
The city council had to press a small army of street cleaners into urgent action in August after fans leaving the rain-hit festival turned the area around Leeds train station into a sea of mud and abandoned dirty wellies.
Now it has emerged that “positive” talks have been held between the council and event organiser Festival Republic to try to prevent any repeat of the problems in future years.
And, in a statement, a spokeswoman for Leeds City Council confirmed to the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Discussions on recouping some of the clean-up costs [from Festival Republic] are to be continued.”
The spokeswoman added: “We’ve had a really positive meeting with Leeds Festival organisers to discuss their event management plan and contingency arrangements for future events.”
Details of how much the clean-up work cost the council have yet to be made public.
The day after the end of the August Bank Holiday weekend festival saw the main concourse of Leeds City Station becoming carpeted with mud as out-of-town fans travelled straight from the event’s Bramham Park site to catch their trains home.
Large numbers of unwanted wellies were also dumped in roads near the station. Festival Republic has said it sent a team to the station and collected more than 200 pairs of boots before taking them back to Bramham Park.
Speaking in the aftermath of the event, the firm’s managing director, Melvin Benn, said: “Obviously I will be entering into discussions with Leeds City Council about any concerns that they may have regarding the festival and I look forward to having those conversations.”
The council has previously hinted that measures designed to keep the city centre as clean as possible could be made part of the festival’s annual licence agreement.
One idea is the provision of hosing-down facilities at the exits from the festival site, near Wetherby.
Hoses were used at a Tesco store in Seacroft to wash the wellies of fans arriving to stock up on supplies during this year’s event.