A Leeds City Council spokesperson said: “Leeds City Council did not refuse to support drugs testing facilities being made available at this year’s Leeds Festival.
The event was meant to be one of many festival sites this summer offering facilities to test revelers for illegal drugs.
The scheme, run by drugs safety charity The Loop, was meant to be put into place so that festival-goers could take drugs to a tent to be tested for the strength and content of illegal drugs. The Loop will then destroy whatever drugs were given to them for testing.
“The idea was discussed with Festival Republic by a group that advises on safety at public events, comprising the council, police and other partners such as third sector agencies. Everyone including Festival Republic had a chance to speak and a wide range of views were expressed.
“This is not a decision making body, and Festival Republic said they would take into account what had been said before deciding on whether to submit a formal application. A decision was subsequently taken by Festival Republic to not move ahead with the plan.
“The group did resolve to revisit the issue taking into account possible consultation in plenty of time for next year.”