Chief Executive: Sean Harriss
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Business and Culture: Councillor Jack Hopkins
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:
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