PLANS for a music festival this year in Bridgwater are in ruins after police rejected the proposal due to concerns about “public safety”.

Tom Yeo has been trying to organise a music event at the YMCA in Bridgwater for August 31 but it now looks as though he’ll have to abandon his idea.

The event would have been targeted at young people between the ages of 16-25 and would feature both big name bands and smaller local bands so they could get exposure.

Tom said: “I had a meeting with the YMCA and a meeting with the lady who runs the sheltered accommodation next door and we all agreed on plans and that it could be held there.

“But the plan got rejected by the police. It’s probably not going to happen at all to be honest.”

Tom held a similar music festival at the Bridgwater Rugby Club on August 31, 2013 called Morbid Mashup.

Tom said: “Last year’s was a huge success. About 300 young people came in.

“I chose to bring it to the YMCA so we can expand it. The whole building would be loaned out and it’s perfect for what I am trying to do.

“I thought this could be the rebirth of an actual music scene in Bridgwater – something to build on for future years.”

In their formal objection to the proposals, the police said: “We have concerns regarding public safety and also protection of children from harm concerning under-18 year olds who live at the premises and how the area will be contained.”