Sunday 18 March 2007 12.40pm
I think there was a thread a year or so back which covered the need to have commercial activities to help finance maintenance of the Potters Fields. And the balance between allowing a quiet enjoyment of a green space and more intense activities.
A while back there was a lot of talk in Lambeth about green space trusts. However they are expensive to staff as they do not have the same economies of scale as a Council Parks Department, nor do they have the same access to Council Tax receipts. I am not convinced that Trusts necessarily provide more "democracy" than that provided by Councils and Councillors.
So it is perfectly possible that to raise money, a trust has to exploit the green space it is charged with running. (Though I hear that Southwark recently tried to agree Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park
as a venue for some sort of production for a run lasting several weeks.)
I would be very cautious about the 1.00am license. The big pain of riverside events seems to be the trucks arrriving early in the morning then leaving late the next day. You do not want an event that runs till 1.00am to be followed by the noise of the equipment being packed up and removed.
Perhaps the way forward would be to ask local Councillors to request a meeting with the people applying for a licence to explain what is intended and what safeguards there will be for residents. It really should not have gone as far as it has wihtout some form of consultation, especailly if the Trust is supposed to be working in the community interest.