Field Day Site Visit Report

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Thurlow Park councillors Peter Ely (left of picture) and Fred Cowell (back of picture) with other councillors from Lambeth and Southwark on the site walkabout with Field Day staff, Lambeth officers and Brockwell Park Community Partners

On Thursday morning Councillors from Lambeth and Southwark undertook a site visit of Field Day to review all operations and the site itself. From Thurlow Park Ward, Councillors Fred Cowell and Peter Ely attended. The visit was lengthy and many points were covered, but here are some of the general points we noted:

  • The security operation was extensive although there had been some problems with site security at points during the build.
  • The exit and entry arrangements had taken on board a lot of the concerns raised. Entry lanes at the two entry points had 20 lanes each lane allowed for entry of hundreds of at any one time with full security searches. Fences lines have been set up to concentrate people through to the gates – if this is policed properly it won’t be possible for people to exit the event and walk into the park. People will directed and funnelled across the crossing towards Herne Hill station.
  • Trees had a variety of different protection being set up around them. This included Harris fencing surrounding saplings, which was far higher than other previous measures undertaken at the park. There was also other protections in place for park features such as benches.
  • A full log had been taken of all damage thus far done to the grass. It should be stressed that for the most part the site was unaffected by any of the vehicle movement across it and certainly all of the areas in front of the main stage the barn and other areas were unaffected by anything other than mild markings.
  • There seemed to be adequate litter arrangements in place across the site and a detailed clean up team. There is a strong focus on recyclable material being used by the festival and the final percentages of recyclable material will be published.
  • There is going to be a very extensive police presence in place to deal with drugs, unauthorised substances and anti-social behaviour. One detail which the police are now insisting on is that all water has to be dispose of before entering the site – due to acid attack risk – the organisers have large numbers of free water points in place to deal with this.
  • Issues to do with the construction were raised – such as speeding vehicles and staff directing people around the park –many of these have been resolved by Field Day and reasonably quickly. There were a couple of trees affected in terms of broken branches. The parks team are satisfied that this relatively minor. We are however very concerned about reports of construction going on into Thursday night and have asked for an explanation about why this happened.

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Areas of concern 

There are also some points of concern arsing from the visit which we should set out here

  • There is some concentrated damage following the heavy rainfall on Tuesday on areas behind the main stage around the top of hill where deliveries were being received. This is damage to the turf that will need full repair. Whilst this concentrated only in a few areas – and it is important to stress that for most the site all Councillors were reassured that the grass was largely unaffected – these areas will need to be repaired and have been logged by the parks team. An independent survey has also been made of the grass and grass verges.
  • Some of the mature trees are not subject to the same level of protection as the saplings. This has been raised with the team – obviously the nature of the risk is different – but the cleaning strategy will need to be adapted to deal with this risk and the organisers have taken this on board.
  • The Fencing was for the most park quite carefully set up with no damage done to the grass, however the ground was a lot drier then and there is an increased risk of damage during the set down stage.
  • The sound checks revealed that the noise will be concentrated over a particular area of the park mainly over the Tulse Hill side of the park. Any feedback on sound levels at different points would be welcome.

We are going to be carefully monitoring all conditions of the licence over the weekend. But we will need to hear from you via email if you have any complaints or concerns.

In the event of a noise complaint, please contact Field Day on 0203 886 0739. They will offer to monitor the sound levels at your property and liaise with technicians to minimise the issue. If noise levels are above those specified in the license conditions, immediate action will be taken to reduce the levels at the noise source.

Please note this is a recorded service – as all of their staff are out dealing with issues as they arise. When you leave a voice message that will be forwarded to a member of the Field Day Community Liaison team – it is being monitored outside of event hours and during event hours there are staff on hand to respond as quickly as they can by return phone call or email.  So you won’t speak to someone directly when you call but you will get a response from someone in response to your complaint. You will be encouraged to leave name and postcode for the call log so that field day can get back to you.

Major leak on Norwood Road

There has been a major leak on Norwood Road – large holes in the road and water running down Norwood Road and Robson Road breaking the up the road surface.

Diversions are being planned for traffic including buses. At time of writing, only the 322 bus is diverted – down Lancaster Avenue, along Thurlow Park Road and up Rosendale Road. TfL have said that they expect further diversions.

Water was lost in parts of SE27 and SW16 earlier but Thames Water are confident that they have resolved this issue. They expect no further outages but some residents may experience drops in water pressure.

We are in regular contact with TfL and Thames Water so please get in touch if there are further issues.

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We will post bus diversions and any further news here and will share on Twitter and Facebook.

Field Day Construction and Concerns

The construction of Field Day is now underway in Brockwell Park. As we explained in our earlier post there will be just under two weeks of construction and one week of deconstruction involved in Field Day. In the first week around 70% of all deliveries have been made to the two event sites. Most of what is taking place now is construction.

There have been several complaints, which we have been raised with Field Day about the construction process these have been:

  • the speeding of vehicles in the park- which the site management team raised with the specific contractors who were speeding ensuring that everyone knew of the 5 mph limit. If you see speeding again get the number plate of the vehicle concerned.
  • The public not being aware of which paths are open – this was why signage has been put up about which paths are open.
  • Branches being caught and damaged – Trucks with heavy loads are now taking different routes through the park.
  • The Norwood-Dulwich Road slip road being closed at peak times – this has now been raised with the traffic management team and the slip road is open outside delivery times to ease traffic congestion.

There have been two health and safety inspections and next week the Councillors, the Council’s events team and Park groups will make further inspections to ensure that the trees, greenery and park furniture are unaffected.

We are also working with Field Day on other aspects of the build. All vehicles being used on site (for non-delivery purposes) are fitted with special grass tires so that they don’t make any marks on the grass, vehicles in the park are accompanied by banksmen at all times with extra staff committed where appropriate.

Areas such as the hard standing area, used by martial arts and other exercise activities, have been left open and should be left open until the start of t festival. Also in line with the requests from groups involved with the BCPC and other groups interested in the park large parts of the final area were left open for as long as possible during the build process.

Next weekend is the festival day and the entire part of the park allocated for the festival will be closed.

All of the above is only possible because concerns have been relayed directly to councillors.

In the next stage of the build we need any comments and concerns to come to us so we can do what we can to rectify them. You can contact Cllr Cowell if you are from Thurlow Park Ward – fcowell@lambeth.gov.uk , abirley@lambeth.gov.uk and PEly@lambeth.gov.uk – and other councillors from Herne Hill and Tulse Hill Ward can be found on the Lambeth site.

This is really important as Field Day is here for a one-year trial process only. After the event there will be a full consultation on the event and whether it is suitable for the park. We are also looking to review the events policy, which governs these events. Therefore every single issue about the the construction process, the event itself, egress and entry, noise and the de-rig is vital to feed into these processes.

Serious incident on Norwood Road/ Lancaster Avenue last night

We want to reassure residents regarding the police activity in Norwood Road last night.

There was a stabbing on the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Norwood Road. The victim was a young man and his injuries have been declared non-life threatening. We wish him a speedy recovery, and wish to thank the staff and customers at Thai Duck Deli last night who reacted quickly and calmly to help the victim. Thank you also to the police and emergency services who responded quickly – despite significant central government cuts to funding, these services work incredibly hard to keep us safe every day.

A number of arrests have been made – it appears to have been a family dispute rather than gang related – but if you have information regarding the incident please contact the police.

Crime scene Norwood Road

Work begins on the Norwood Road zebra crossing

We are thrilled that work has started on the new zebra crossing on Norwood Road, next to Harpenden Road.

Road safety is our top priority and we have been really disappointed by the delays to the delivery of this scheme. Initially, a complaint held up the delivery, and then complications regarding road traffic orders. These have been resolved, and in the meantime we organised for the contractors to be on site every morning with stop/go signs to help students cross the road to school.

The zebra crossing was a key aspect of Streetworks, designed by the community in workshops and receiving significant support during extensive consultation. We worked with Elmgreen School as well as local groups like the Norwood and Tulse Hill Forums and the Business Improvement District to ensure residents had many opportunities to have their say including meetings, workshops, market stalls, in-person surveys, social media and letters through every local door.

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Results from the final consultation on plans for the new zebra crossing

 

Field Day FAQs

This an FAQ sheet on the key details of Field Day. For any further queries please look at the Field Day website.

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Cllr Fred Cowell speaking on behalf of residents at Field Day’s licensing hearing

The policies descried here are the result of careful work between Field Day, Lambeth Events, the

Brockwell Park Community Partners and local councillors. In Thurlow Park we held previous consultation sessions on events this summer, worked to modify the event through the Licensing Process and have committed to reforming the events policy.

 

There will also be a consultation period after the event to review how it went. This is intended simply to be a factual overview of what is happening in the park in the next few weeks.

This is not by any means complete or definitive but deals with the most commonly asked questions. We are also hosting an advice drop-in tomorrow Saturday 19th May between 10.30-12.30 at Norwood Lodge in the Park.

What is happening

Field Day is a three day music festival on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of June. It is the only commercial music event in the park this year. On the Friday it will have around 19, 000 people attending, Saturday 26, 000 and Sunday 15, 000.  In terms of numbers taken up this will be around the same size as the Lambeth Country show – although there are important differences between both events this is useful as a comparator of scale.

How will the event be set up

The event will be built in the park from Monday the 20th of May onwards. Most of the park will be unaffected during this period as the contractors will build the soundstages first. During this initial period delivery lorries will be turning into the park principally using the Herne Hill entrance. These will be Monday – Friday and limited to a window after 10 and before 3 so as to miss the school traffic and come at times where there is limited pedestrian traffic in the park. Any lories will be accompanied by a qualified banksmen – staff who is there to ensure pedestrian safety in the park and on the turn off from Norwood Road. A Traffic Order allows for the temporary closure of the slip-way between Norwood and Dulwich Road – that will be time limited to the specific times when deliveries are being made during the 10-3 delivery window, so it will not affect rush hour.

Will I still have access to the park

Until the 29th of May apart from three designated areas the majority of the park – over 90% of the park will be freely available. After the 29th of May – the Wednesday before the event a much larger section of the park will be closed. From the 31st of May to the 4th of June 31% of the park will be taken up with the festival. This will be removed on the 5th of June and by the weekend after the event the park will fully cleared.

Will there be road closures during the event

There will be a few roads that will be limited to resident access only during the event days and letters from Lambeth Council will inform residents in these roads about this and the procedure being used.  Most of the area will be unaffected there will be some special arrangements made during the exit times of the festival (see below). There will be no bus diversions and apart from a very short window of time at the end of the evening the roads will not be affected. There will be parking enforcement staff on call the whole day on the event days so that if there is illegal parking as a result of the festival it can be dealt with quickly. Based on previous festi

How will people get to the event

The vast majority of access to this event will be by public transport – this is based on the previous experience of the organisers and a mapping exercise of the location of people buying tickets. Herne Hill and Brixton Station will be the principle point of access and according to Transport for London planners – who have been consulted on this – both are able to handle the extra capacity for the event. There will be special designated routes, patrolled by festival security, with partial fences to assist access from Brixton station and Herne Hill station into the park. Security teams will then check everyone going into the event. There is a carefully designed flow system to stop large queues building up, a holding area with toilets at busy times and security teams patrolling the area. This is in part as a response to poorly managed events in the park previously and these plans were carefully designed in consultation with local councillors, park community groups and the local neighbourhood forum.

Will the area be secure while the festival is on

An independent security company Showsec is providing security both inside and outside the event. Due to conditions imposed by councillors and Lambeth’s Licensing Committee there will be more security at this event than at any event in the park before. This will include regular patrols around the park to check for drugs, extra CCTV cameras in the area – some of which will be streamed directly to the Metropolitan Police, stewards on streets across all of the entrance and exit routes (Norwood Road, Brixton Water Lane, Dulwich Road). Over 50 toilets are located on or around the routes people will be taking to enter an exit the festival. There is an extensive drug and alcohol search policy for all festivalgoers, with an enhanced security plan, which has been approved by the police.

When does it close 
Music stops at 10:30 on a Friday and Saturday and 9:30 on Sunday and the park has to be vacated from these times. This is later than what the community would have wanted but the Council’s Licensing Committee had to act in accordance with the law and stated policy.

How will people leave the event

Through the two main exit’s – Brixton Water Lane and Herne Hill these routes will be segregated from the main traffic route. These will be stewarded at all key points and toilets and rubbish stations will be on route.  This should confine people to these two main routes although it is anticipated that there will be some movement up Norwood Road to Tulse Hill station and provisions have been made accordingly During the egress stage – and at this point only – normal traffic will be restricted at the junction of Dulwich and Norwood Road and on Brixton Water Lane but buses and emergency vehicles will still have full access. The organisers of Field Day project that egress of the entire site should take between 40 minutes and one hour. This is not a fixed time, it is a projection by the organisers but it is hoped that on Friday and Saturday the main group of people will have dispersed by around 11:15-11:30.
Community management during the event 
Unlike previous events there is a whole team looking after the wider community outside the festival gates. There will be a community hub run by Field Day in Railton Road. During the operational hours of the festival on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd you can call 0203 886 0739 about any issue regarding, waste management, noise, anti-social behaviour or indeed any aspect of conduct on festival. All calls to this number will be recorded to allow teams to respond to them in full. Even if you have to leave a voice message this will be responded to.  In relation to the set up of the festival any procedure please contact you local councillors and Kelly@fielddayfestivals.com . This is the fastest way to get a response. A log of all complaints received by Field Day will be forwarded to the events team so that their responses can be monitored. Noise monitoring has been set up at various points around the site set above the ground to monitor noise levels.

Waste management and cleaning of the surrounding area

Field Day are providing large numbers bins along the exit and entry ways and have contracted with Veolia to provide an enhanced street cleaning service on every day the festival is running. This waste will be disposed of independently to all other public waste and the normal park bins and waste disposal will not be used. The festival are going to be using shatterproof plastic glasses and have committed to fully recyclable and biodegradable packaging and cutlery. After the event there will detailed information made available about the levels of recycling undertaken

Park recovery after the event

A detailed inspection is being done of the entire site this weekend before the site is handed over, and an inventory has been done of all trees, saplings, benches and other fixed features of the park at risk from the festival. After the event a full audit will be taken with Brockwell Park Community partners, specialists from the council and local Councillors. Field Day are responsible for restoring the park to its original condition and paying the full cost for doing so. This is completely independent of all income to the park and the council.

Advice drop-in: Field Day in Brockwell Park

Field Day will be beginning to set up their event in Brockwell Park soon, so we have organised a drop-in advice morning to show you the maps and plans, discuss any concerns, take your comments back to the event organisers, and make sure you know how to get in touch.

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  • When? Saturday 19 May, drop in anytime between 10.30 and 12.30
  • Where? Norwood Lodge – the building in the corner of Brockwell Park by Norwood Road and Brockwell Park Gardens

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/769095176811997/