Friday 18 April 2014 12.07am
I am a local resident and wholeheartedly support businesses in the area. I buy coffee from Cafe Relaxo, have lunch occasionally at Carlos Kitchen or Mar I Terra, buy groceries at Lower Marsh
Market, sometimes a dinner at The Table
or Tall House, even look for gifts at the CAA.
However, companies which host rave parties across London venues and which rent Union Street
car-park to accommodate up to 1000 revellers at £10 a pop hardly constitute 'local businesses.' As far as I can see, the only other 'local businesses' which benefit from these rave parties are Sainsburys and Tescos, from the sale of six packs of beer and copious cans of Red Bull
Here are what residents have to put up with, with increasing frequency, every time an event takes places: *swarms of people on the pavements hollering, usually from 10 pm heading towards the venue, and again from 5.30am onwards as they stream out of the venue
*rows of men having pissing 'contests' in doorways, under the arches, and on the streets
*the lovely sight of people puking on the streets
*the volume (thumping beat of dance music) escalating, usually after midnight and into the wee hours of the morning
*cars amassing and gridlocked on the surrounding streets starting usually from 5.30am, followed by honking, people shouting, loud music blaring from car radios
*a wasteland of bottles, cans, club ad posters, cigarette stubs, occasionally drug paraphernalia, littering the streets after the party has disbanded
If these raves can be held in a civilised, controlled manner, I have no issue with people having a good time. Objecting to the behaviours/issues outlined above is not about forcing gentrification or expecting neighbourhoods to conform to newcomers, nor is it about persecuting established local businesses.
I think a review of the license would be healthy, perhaps to tighten the conditions under which these events are hosted, given their detrimental impact on those who live in and contribute to the area.