Wednesday 15 October 2003 6.01am
James is right. Jubilee Gardens
is sort of Lambeth, and I think maintained by Lambeth Parks. But the whole thing is more complicated than that and involves the South Bank Centre, and at one stage, Bromley Council.
This is part of the reason why the vendor problem along that stretch of the South Bank took so long to resolve. They needed to work out who might take enforcement action.
In a normal Lambeth Park to run an event you phone Lambeth and ask to speak to Maire Lutri, and inevitably there is a long form and lots of insurance and hygiene hoops to go through, but you get there in the end. But on Jubilee Gardens
I suspect things are too complicated. Plus they would have to consult people like the London Eye
and probably quite a few others so it would take time.
Your best bet is to phone Michael Ball of the Waterloo Community Development Group
. He has been engaged in the fight to save the Gardens, and is now active in the Trust which are seeking to improve the gardens. (They've got lots of money too.) He should be able to give a steer on whether it might be doable and who to contact. (As long as you dont suggest using the grass for car or coach parking.)
I suspect your time frame is too short. But another ally might be the marketing people at South Bank Employers Group. If you got their support they too know how to get things moving.
Perhaps the complexity is what saved Jubilee Gardens
from David Blaine.