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Events Strategy 2015-18

Meeting: 11/07/2016 - Cabinet (Item 5)

5 Events Strategy 2015-18 pdf icon PDF 374 KB

Report 153/15-16


Key decision

All Wards


Chief Executive: Sean Harriss

Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Business and Culture: Councillor Jack Hopkins


Contact: Julian Ellerby, Director Policy & Communication. 0207 926 1273,; and, Lee Fiorentino, Events & Film Services. 0207 926 7088,


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During the discussion of this item, the guillotine fell at 9.00pm.


MOVED by the Chair, and:


RESOLVED: That in accordance with Council and Committee Procedures  9.5 – 9.7 set out in the constitution, the meeting continue for a further period of up to half an hour.



The report was introduced by the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Business and Culture, Councillor Jack Hopkins, who noted that:

  • A key principle of the strategy was to increase charges to commercial operators and reinvest funds into host parks. Local groups would continue to receive discounted rates for the use of parks.
  • The Parks Investment Levy (PIL) had been increased, replacing the Environmental Impact Levy.
  • The free Lambeth Country Show was funded directly by the income generated from events held in Lambeth parks.
  • The number of major events held in larger parks would be limited.
  • The definition of a ‘major event’ was related to the number of people relative to the capacity of a given park.
  • The proposed rise in noise levels from 70dB to 75dB would be a maximum potential decibel level.
  • The strategy would help to ensure that events and park venues were appropriately suited.
  • The strategy would make event organisers more accountable to the Council and to community groups. Ward Councillors and park management committees would be involved at the early stages of the event planning process and officers would work alongside commercial operators to address any community concerns.
  • The strategy would continue to develop to ensure that community concerns could be registered and addressed throughout the process. The Council would work collaboratively with local residents to solidify appropriate governance processes allowing for commercial operators to be held to account.


Marcus Hope, Chair of the Friends of Clapham Common (FCC), addressed the committee and explained that:

·         The FCC membership agreed that it would be acceptable to hold eight major events on Clapham Common per year.

·         The length of occupation of the events site was a serious concern for local residents. Event organisers should be charged more for set-up and take-down days, and required to repair any damage.

·         Members of the FCC would prefer small, locally driven, family-oriented events on the site.

·         Lambeth Council needed to provide better consultation and greater transparency on financial returns. An alternative (bidding) model should also be considered.

·         The FCC welcomed new arrangements for the discussion of events at an early stage in the planning process.

·         The Council could not afford to continue hosting the free Lambeth Country Show.

·         Lambeth should seek permission from the Secretary of State before approving the erection of temporary structures on metropolitan commons.


Simon Millson, Chair of the Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee (CCMAC), addressed the committee and explained that:

·         The report made no reference to the legal distinction between parks and commons. Commons were regulated by the Commons Act which enshrined that common land was unenclosed. Events caused the enclosure of parts of Clapham Common.

·         The Commons Act limited the amount of commercial activity that could take place on Clapham  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5