Neighbours are annoyed at noise levels from an annual music festival, saying they suffer 'sleep deprivation'.

MAMA Festivals Limited has applied for a licence for the five-day Wilderness Festival at Cornbury Park in Charlbury.

The event generally sees top bands and international DJs performing.

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The organisers have applied to hold the festival for up to 29,999 visitors each day between Thursday, August 1 and Monday, August 5.

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Plays, films and live and recorded music will finish at midnight on the Thursday, 3am on the Saturday and Sunday mornings and 2am on the final Monday morning.

There are no objections from a fire safety Officer, West Oxfordshire District Council's planning officer or the police.

The council’s environmental health department has proposed conditions detailing noise limits.

However, five people have raised concerns with one resident calling the festival 'a public nuisance'.

One said: "I am concerned about the creeping nature of the festival. It started as a three-day weekend but now it is a five-day event, how long before it is a full seven days?

"Glastonbury comes to mind but we don't have the infrastructure to cope as they do. This year there was a 4am and a 2am cut off and that was bad enough, sleep deprivation is not very pleasant."

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A Ramsden villager said it is "impossible to enjoy a peaceful evening in the garden at any point during the festival.

"Standing in my garden, I could not hear what a neighbour was saying to me from three feet away. The sky was absolutely ringing from all directions.

"Ramsden is nearly 2km distant from the site and should not be subject to this annual onslaught.

"Chadlington is nearly 6km away but villagers there said that they could hear the noise. According to social media posts it was even audible in Witney."

Four residents of Fawler also told the parish council that the "continuance of noise till 3am constitutes a public nuisance as is also the number of days the festival exists."

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The organisers said they have commissioned traffic management and noise management studies ahead of the event.

The hours of entertainment have been reduced from 4am to 3am on Saturday and Sunday, the main late-night venue The Valley will not operate on Sunday and there will be a reduction in music noise levels from performances on the main stage from 11pm.

Works at Oxford Station and the adverse weather had "negatively impacted" traffic for the 2023 event, they said.

GWR and National Rail have confirmed no works are scheduled to take place during this year's event and using feedback from local residents and councillors traffic mitigation measures have been devised for specific road locations.

The application will be decided by WODC's licensing panel next Thursday.