Liberal Democrat candidates to represent Thurlow Park ward have pledged to protect Brockwell Park and the surrounding community from the massive events proposed by Lambeth's Labour council.
BrockwellStreets.org team and 1,540 Brockwell locals appealing for support of their pledge, which has three key elements:
- Telling Lambeth Council Lovebox and FieldDay cannot take place in Brockwell Park
- Scrapping the Events2020 policy plan
- A clear and funded process for consultation with residents on events
Bryan Mahon, Kathy Erasmus and Doug Buist, pictured left to right, offered their hearty support, which you can read in full below. The three elements of the pledge are also provided in full below their letter.
Letter from Thurlow Park Lib Dems team
Parks are a key part of our vision for a Liberal Lambeth.
The 2020 cultural policy is not fit for purpose.
Lambeth Liberal Democrats call for there to be a moratorium for 2018 on new large scale event proposals or commercial initiatives in Brockwell Park and other green spaces in Lambeth where there is significant public concern about the impact of events.
This decision is being rushed through by Labour in order to accommodate both the commercial concerns of the promoters and short term financial considerations of Lambeth Labour. We have no doubt that the Field Day and LoveBox proposals as they stand are unsuitable for Brockwell Park, are likely to cause inconvenience and potential distress for many residents, lead to a rise in anti-social behaviour, and may be detrimental to local businesses. Both proposals for 2018 should be rejected, and we are writing to the promoters to tell them that in the event of Liberal Democrats being elected in May we will use all the influence we have to stop them and to cancel any contract that the current Labour council agrees to.
Lambeth Liberal Democrats would like to see a 12-week fully-resourced public consultation on the vision and detail of a revised cultural policy.
This should be facilitated and reported on by an agency with an exceptional professional reputation in delivering cultural policy. Residents need to have real agency in shaping the strategy and the impact that events will have on their communities.
It is unavoidable that Labour’s total control of Lambeth Council is at the core of the problem.
Doug Buist, Kathy Erasmus & Bryan Mahon
The three elements of the pledge compiled by BrockwellStreets.org
1. Telling Lambeth Council Lovebox and FieldDay cannot take place in Brockwell Park
“We rely on people going to and from Brockwell for custom. If people are put off going to the Park for so much of the summer - because of fenced off festivals and feeling more like a building site than an open space - they won’t spend time or money here. Independent businesses like ours will suffer.” Cas, The Parlour Cafe
“Summers have become a misery for families. The huge increase in crime when these events are held shows the impact on people’s lives.” Cllr Joshua Peck, Tower Hamlets on Lovebox’s contract being cancelled
2. Scrapping the Events2020 policy plan
This crass policy takes no account of the varied sizes, typographies and locations of Lambeth’s parks, instead planning events on a one-size-fits-all basis. Brockwell, for example, is hilly with many trees, has no area where large fenced events can be hosted without cutting the Park in half, and entrances are all in residential areas. Regardless of the square footage (which isn’t that big) it is clearly unsuitable for fenced events of 20,000.
Plus, the policy includes no serious requirements for community involvement - whether that is locals not being fenced out, using local food and beverage suppliers, or giving a platform to local artists. There are no meaningful ecology or sustainability requirements. There are no limits on set-up time, meaning a 3 day event can apply to takeover the Park for more than 3 weeks.
No policy that allowed what has been proposed to even be considered is fit for purpose. It needs to be replaced with one that lays down site-specific caps on event capacity and sets a standard for how private companies wanting to make use of public resources should act.
3. A clear and funded process for consultation with residents on events
In this instance Lambeth have worked with the Brockwell Park Community Partners to informally field views from park users. The BPCPs were given no support, have no communications training or access to the skills needed to reach large numbers of people quickly.
A formal process for consultation on individual large and major events in the Park needs to be drawn up as a matter of urgency. It needs to include letters sent to all adjacent residents, notices in the Park and a dedicated online hub for all documentation. This must happen at consideration not licensing stage. Lambeth must listen to the outcome.