Public meeting over Brockwell Park gigs

Residents are invited to a public meeting to debate the prospect of a huge festival moving on to their nearby park.

The Herne Hill Forum community group has invited local residents, businesses, councillors and organisers of the Lovebox and Citidel festivals to a public meeting on January 18.

Many residents were shocked when the organisers of the festival announced that they were moving to Brockwell Park this summer. Following the backlash from residents and opposition councillors the festivals’ consultation period was extended to the end of January.

Herne Hill Green Party campaigner Nick Christian, who lives on one of the roads bordering Brockwell Park, said: “Lambeth council has kept residents completely in the dark  about a matter of high importance, and which will have a profound effect  on their lives in the event these festivals go ahead.

“This is not something that should happen behind closed doors.”

Jools Butterfield, founder of Lovebox, said: “We’re keen to ensure residents and stakeholders are kept well informed as we prepare for the events in July.

“We will fully consult residents and stakeholders and feedback we receive will form part of our licence application process.”

We contacted Lovebox organisers for further comment on whether they would attend but did not receive a response.

The meeting will be held at the Herne Hill Baptist Church in Half Moon Lane.

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