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Court of Appeal Refuses Appeal But Make Important Acknowledgment

The Court of Appeal gave judgment on Thursday 16 November 2017 at 2 p.m. Although the Court of Appeal refused the Friends’ appeal, the judgment is extremely important in that it acknowledges that public parks are held by local authorities on trust for the purpose of public enjoyment and the public are its beneficial owners;…

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Judgement reserved in Court of Appeal

Yesterday our case was heard by the Court of Appeal (Lord Justices Hickinbottom, Singh and Treacy) in court 70 of the Royal Courts of Justice, and heard argument from the parties (Richard Harwood QC for the Friends of Finsbury Park; George Laurence QC for the Open Spaces Society; Philip Kolvin for Haringey Council and Robert McCracken…

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Our Appeal: What is at Stake?

As we go to the High Court on Thursday 2nd November to challenge the legal basis on which councils say they have the power to hire out large parts of their public parks for an unlimited period of time for commercial events, here is an explanation of what is at stake and how the outcome could…

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Jeremy Corbyn MP Shows His Support for Protect London’s Parks Campaign

As the Protect London’s Parks Campaign gathers momentum, three generations of Friends of Finsbury Park Chairs met with the Friend’s patron, Jeremy Corbyn MP on Friday who gave his full support to our campaign and expressed his concern over the use of commercial events in Finsbury Park. He said, “I know and love Finsbury Park,…

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The Friends Launch ‘Protect London’s Parks’ – Fundraising Campaign

The Friends of Finsbury Park have launched a London-wide fundraising campaign to protect London’s most historic parks by challenging the legal basis on which councils say they have the power to hire out large parts of their public parks for an unlimited period of time for commercial events. We brought judicial review proceedings to challenge…

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Wireless Report 2017

A public park exists for the free enjoyment of the public. The best way to measure the success of a park is by asking park users. That’s why over the last two weeks, the Friends of Finsbury Park has asked park users to document their experiences of the 2017 Wireless Festival. Since this year’s Wireless…

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Misleading ‘Community Festival’ Causes Concern Among Locals

As Haringey Council prepare to host Festival Republic’s Wireless 2017 in Finsbury Park, local residents are already questioning the branding of another Festival Republic event, Community Festival, to be held the week before on Saturday 1st July. Community Festival is a £35 per ticket, 35,000 capacity, ticket only event with no local community involvement as the…

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You Calling Me A Nimby…?

A letter from an anonymous teenager… Finsbury Park has a great history and heritage, and I am proud to be one of its users. Did you know it was the first ever park to be established by an Act of Parliament? Yes, in the wake of pollution, immense poverty and overcrowding in an industrialised 19th…

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So, Wireless is Over…

Many of you have written to us expressing your concerns over Wireless 2016. Unbearable noise, antisocial behaviour, festival goers urinating in the street and defecating in gardens, intimidating security, dangerous hazards in the park to name but a few. We’ve had over 50 complaints so far from local residents, most on the Hackney side of…

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