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Decision to allow Finsbury Park festivals ‘called in’

Stone Roses at Finsbury Park last summer Stone Roses at Finsbury Park last summer

Thursday, January 2, 2014
9:00 AM

The decision to up the number of concert days allowed in Finsbury Park has been “called in” for review.

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Cllr Richard Wilson, leader of the Haringey’s opposition Lib Dem group, has asked the town hall “to listen to residents and neighbouring councils” and reverse the decision to increase concert days up to 15 from five – or five “major” events of one to three days each allowed a year.

The decision was given the green light at meeting in December, allowing events like the Wireless Festival to take place in Finsbury Park, increasing the cash the council makes each year.

But more than 260 residents and neighbouring councils Islington and Hackney raised objections – citing problems with anti-social behaviour at last year’s Stone Roses concert as a concerns.

Other worries included the loss of access to the parts of the park during concert days and the noise during any event.

Cllr Wilson suggests Haringey keeps the current cap and ensures neighbouring councils are aware of any future large events well in advance. He also asked for any event to finish well before the Tube closes, enough toilets to be provided at each event and proper stewarding is in place.

A Haringey spokesman said: “The policy will not increase the number of large events, but it will bring in vital income to help us maintain our Green Flag award-winning parks at a time when our budget is being significantly reduced.

“We are committed to better licensing and enforcement to minimise disruption from events to local residents as well as funding free community events.”

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