Brockwell Park from the air
Brockwell Park from the air

Representing one of the more densley populated areas around Brockwell Park we have made many representations on behalf of residents recognising the range of views about how the park should be used. Some people tell us there should be no commercial events in Lambeth’s parks – whilst others tell us how such events can be the only opportunity for their young people to go to a music festival. Businesses are similarly divided, with some saying they incur additional costs or lose trade, whilst others say additional income generated helps them at a time when the economy is still suffering from the effects of austerity, recession and the pandemic.

This year the promoters behind Mighty Hoopla are bringing their Summer Series of music events back to the park with events over the weekend of 3/4/5 September – including Mighty Hoopla (the LGBTQ+ pop festival) on the Saturday and Cross the Tracks (soul/jazz music) on the Sunday. These events had originally been planned to be held earlier this year, but have been delayed to ensure they are COVID-secure. Concerns about noise and other issues during the event can be raised by calling 0208 050 4367 or via email.

Over the years we have raised our concerns about the approach of promoters for big events in Brockwell Park – but especially how for the Mighty Hoopla events there is a lack of public engagement/consultation; the unacceptbale length of time they occupy the Park for setting up; and the impact of their event on the local environment. You can feed back comments back to Lambeth Council’s parks team directly in this years annual parks survey.

This years community fund (paid for by a charge added to the cost of each ticket and levied at Lambeth’s request) will have a particular focus on using the additional money generated on top of the Park Investment Levy to suport environmentally sustainable initiatives that benefit Brockwell Park and the surrounding area. Organisations local to Tulse Hill Ward, including Arlingford & Brailsford Residents Association, the St Matthew’s Project and High Trees Community Development Trust have previously recieved funding. Applications for the community fund will open on 13 September and we will cirulate further details in next month’s newsletter.

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