Residents 'Back T In The Park Move'

More than half of local residents back T in the Park moving to Strathallan Castle, according to a poll commissioned by festival organisers.

The Survation poll of 1,009 adults in Perth and Kinross found that 62% believe a planning application for Scotland's biggest music festival should be approved, compared to 19% who are opposed and 19% who don't know.

Organisers DF Concerts want to move the event from its previous site at Balado due to safety concerns about the proximity of a large oil pipeline.

The discovery of osprey at Strathallan meant a formal planning application and an environmental statement had to be submitted to Perth and Kinross Council.

Two public consultations on the application have been held, with some environmental groups and local residents critical of the plans.

Planning authorities have backed the staging of the festival at the 19th-century castle but the move needs the approval of councillors, who are due to vote on the application tomorrow.

Geoff Ellis, chief executive of DF Concerts, said: "This poll shows that the majority of local people welcome T in the Park and the benefits that it will bring to their communities - socially, culturally and economically.''

Despite the ongoing application, the line-up for the festival held between July 10 and 12 has been announced, with Kasabian, The Libertines, Twin Atlantic and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds named as some of the headline acts.

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