14 August 2018
Merton Green Party welcomes the Council’s decision to refuse permission for the Diynamic Festival, which was due to be held in Morden Park on 8 September 2018. We listened to the debate at the licensing hearing on 13 August and have met local residents to discuss the impact of the Eastern Electrics festivals that took place on 5 August 2017 and 4-5 August 2018, and whilst we fully recognise the severe pressures on the Council’s budget caused by so-called 'austerity measures', we believe that - due to the extent of harm caused to local residents, other park users, wildlife (particularly our owls and kestrels), and wedding parties at Morden Park House - the park is not a suitable location for events of this nature and scale. Furthermore, that Eastern Electrics have ended up occupying a large part of our park for about a fortnight in the middle of the summer holidays is unacceptable.
We thank all those who have raised concerns and lodged objections, and we call upon the Council to draw up a policy, in consultation with residents, setting out what types of events are suitable for its major parks, in order that the right balance can be struck between generating much-needed revenue, maintaining residents’ ability to enjoy our green spaces, and protecting our precious wildlife.
Merton Green Party appreciates that those who bought tickets for the Diynamic Festival are extremely disappointed by the outcome of the licensing hearing, but feels that there are other parks and purpose-built venues that would be more appropriate, and that the Council should never have allowed our park to be considered as a suitable location in the first place.
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