The Licensing Act 2003 could lead to unlicensed, 500-strong, four-day raves and festivals, at which alcohol could be consumed for 96 hours straight, according to The Daily Telegraph. The broadsheet has reported that a loophole in the new legislation means that venues can apply for temporary event notices, or ‘tens’. Such ‘tens’ events have a maximum capacity of 499 including attendees and workers, and can be held no more 12 times a year. They can last a maximum of 96 hours, with alcohol available continually throughout. Only the police can object to ‘tens’, and they can only do so on grounds of prevention of crime and disorder rather than on other grounds outlined in the legislation, including public safety, the protection of children and the prevention of public nuisance such as noise. But objections to temporary events notices have come from all sides. Local councils dislike the fact that there is no right of the public to protest such gatherings. Local village halls and the like worry that the limit of 12 a year makes it difficult to hold regular events such as quizzes and other fundraisers without applying for a full licence. Chairman of the Local Government Association Sandy Bruce Lockhart told the Telegraph: "This new regime was meant to be about giving more power to the people yet local residents would not be able to lodge any objections. There is clearly something very wrong that needs to be addressed speedily."