Help us Put an End to Large Events in Finsbury Park

Join us at 6:30pm on Tuesday 15th December at the Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, N22 8LE as we get our final chance to challenge the Haringey Council Scrutiny Review of Finsbury Park Events such as Wireless Festival 2015, as the The Scrutiny Committee report will be considered for approval by the full Haringey Council Cabinet. Haringey Council were put under considerable pressure to conduct this review following the major break-in and associated disorder during the 2015 Wireless Festival.

Ugly scenes at Wireless Festival 2015 as a man is seen pulling a weapon from his pocket at Wireless - Evening Standard

Ugly scenes at Wireless Festival 2015 as a man is seen pulling a weapon from his pocket at Wireless – Evening Standard

We were extremely disappointed in the Scrutiny Review as the report’s recommendations sought to prop up the existing events policy rather than to recommend any radical changes. We saw it as an exercise in, at best, limited mitigation rather than a report which accurately reflects the concerns raised by the Friends of Finsbury Park (FOFP).

The Chair of the Committee, Councillor Charles Wright, said in his introduction to the report that “Income does not trump other concerns regardless” We were astonished by this assertion, particularly since the Council’s main argument for the need to host major events in Finsbury Park has been the necessity to generate income from its’ parks to help offset the central government cuts inflicted on local councils.

This will be our final opportunity to challenge the reports’ findings and the FOFP will again be presenting a deputation. Please come and show your support by attending the meeting on Tuesday 15th December, and help us stop these large scale events in Finsbury Park.

For more details please read our full response to the report here.