Friends of Finsbury Park made to wait in court battle to block Wireless Festival
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A campaign group has been made to wait in its battle to restrict music events in Finsbury Park.
At the Court of Appeal yesterday, Friends of Finsbury Park presented its case against Haringey Council to Lord Justice Treacy.
But the judgement was reserved, with lead campaigner Tom Palin telling the Gazette it will come within the next “few weeks”.
The Friends group is challenging a judge’s decision last year to allow Haringey to continue hiring out the park for Wireless Festival and other large-scale events.
The basis of its case is a 1967 law that no more than a tenth of a park can be closed off to the public, and an 1890 law that parks can be closed for no more than 12 days in a year, or six consecutive days.
If the decision sides with the Friends group, it would throw the future of events such as Wireless into doubt because of the length of time – 14 days – it takes to set up and decommission the arena.
The Friends campaign had been backed by Labour leader and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn, who said: “I know and love Finsbury Park, but it needs to be a park for all, all of the time, which means management and restrictions of all events in the times of year that the park is occupied by these events.”
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