Each summer sees applications from event organisations to hold festivals, sports events or other activities in Brockwell Park. In the last few years, some of these have been of particular concern to the local community because of anxiety about noise, antisocial behaviour or the impact on the park. Many of you have also been in touch about the long term financial sustainability of the park, as it’s an invaluable local asset.
Last year, we worked very hard to mitigate these concerns with regards to Love Box and Field Day applying to come. We held a public meeting and knocked on many of your doors to listen to your concerns. We developed some red lines and put these across strongly to colleagues, officers and licensing committee. Some concessions were won, and we will continue to do this with the application from Mighty Hoopla this summer too.
However, there were some issues raised which couldn’t be dealt with via individual event applications because they were reflections on the wider framework policy for events in parks. We committed to campaigning for a review of the events strategy and to giving you an opportunity to input into this.
With that in mind, we are holding a public meeting on reviewing the events policy and the future of Brockwell Park on 11 March at 6.30-8.30pm at Rosendale Primary School.
Mighty Hoopla and Cross the Tracks have applied to come to
Brockwell Park for a festival on the 8th and 9th of June
2019. This will be smaller than last year with fewer festival goers – on
present information neither event is set to exceed 20, 000 – and with a
considerably smaller amount of the park than was taken up by the Field Day
festival last year. We have set out all of the details here
– including what the implications will be for the park and more details about
how we can move towards more sustainable funding models.
Overall this application represents an improvement on the
situation from last year, but there are some concerns about how the festivals
will be managed and the clear up afterwards. For full details of the
application you can see the official form here.
One of the most important aspects of the approval process is
the grant of a license to the festival – this allows them to play live music
and sell alcohol and is subject to a very tight legal process, run by the
Council’s Licensing Committee. Last year when Field Day and Mighty Hoopla were
applying a for a license many residents wrote in commenting on the process and,
consequently, a large number of restrictions were placed on the festivals’
operations, relating to noise and security. This had the positive effect of
significantly reducing any anti-social behaviour and limiting noise complaints
to a handful of cases.
Our view is that the conditions on Field Day’s license last
year represent the bare minimum for a festival in Brockwell park and we would ask
that any license for Mighty Hoopla and Cross the Tracks should at least match
these terms, and go further in some key areas. We want restrictions on closing
times in line with the updated licensing policy for the area and enhanced noise
It would also be really helpful if residents made their
views known to the licensing authority. All it takes is an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line ‘Mighty Hoopla Representation’.
For all licensing applications please bear in mind that the
committee can only take into account applications dealing with the four
objectives under the 2003 Licensing Act:
The prevention of crime and disorder;
The prevention of public nuisance;
The protection of children from harm.
Any other matter, such as the repair of the ground or bio-diversity cannot be taken into account by the Licensing Committee.
Further event consultations are taking place this week run by the organisers, and if you have any questions about licensing policy or process, do get in touch with Cllr Fred Cowell on email@example.com.