Councillor Zoe Moghadas, Labour’s Lead for Community Wellbeing and a City Councillor for Romsey, has waded into the row on booking fees for the Cambridge Folk Festival, querying if the Council are breaching regulations on how it charges customers.
Speaking after the Council had defended its £6 booking fee for the 2014 Folk Festival against complaints from festival goers, Councillor Moghadas said: “I have also received complaints about what is being seen as a Ryan Air style hidden charge and have now challenged the Council to explain exactly how the charges are arrived at. Only last April the government gave very clear guidance to prevent rip off levels of surcharges on tickets and I think the Council is breaching regulations put in to protect consumers.”
Councillor Moghadas added: “This is a serious issue as it will apply not only to the 2014 Folk Festival but also to the 2013 one and to all tickets sold with a booking fee through the Council run Box Office and if the Council is breaching the law it will have to return all excessive fees to those who paid them. There are serious questions to be answered about financial management in the Council again if this is the case.”