The link to the licensing applications for both Bulverton and Salcombe Hall sites are here: deadline for representations is 11 November. Discussion is permitted.
The text quality within the link is appalling (at least on my screen) and you'll need to scroll down the list which contains many applications unconnected with the festival.
Given the number of things that have needed changing in past years including inadequacies that could so easily have been remedied sooner had people with relevant competences been asked, (or listened to), there is clearly merit in as much discussion as any competent person or persons wish to undertake.
It is rubbish to suggest that open discussion could 'affect the outcome' - except maybe in a positive way by instigating improvements at an earlier stage.
Having the details splashed across the front page of the Sidmouth Herald was intended surely to ensure a complete absence of both local and folkie debate.