Five Parks Walk raises funds for community events

A huge thank you to everyone that helped to administer and take part in today’s Five Parks Walk. Over 50 walkers enjoyed the glorious sunshine in Belair Park, Sydenham Woods, Dulwich Park, Ruskin Park and Brockwell Park. Vinnie O’Connell’s talk to those on the guided walk at the New Leaf project was most appreciated!

£280 was raised by the Walk which will support the costs of ‘MAD for Brockwell Park’ – our programme of community music, arts and drama events. We look forward to seeing you again for the 2014 Five Parks Walk. In the meantime, if any of today’s participants would like to form a more regular walking group, please get in touch:

We would like to clarify that the private event in Brockwell Park today was organised by Serco for its employees, with the consent of Lambeth Council. It has nothing to do with the Five Parks Walk, Brockwell Park Community Partners or the ‘MAD’ Programme. Thank you.

2 thoughts on “Five Parks Walk raises funds for community events

  1. Lucy Akrill

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Firstly I’d like to say what a huge fan I am of Brockwell Park, and how impressed I ma by the recent work that has improved it so much. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful amenity.
    However I am writing to express how unhappy many people felt about the use of Brockwell park on Sunday 12th May for, to all intents and purposes, a private party.

    I took my children to the park on Saturday and saw the preparations for the party – tents, inflatables going up. We asked a member of staff what was happening and were told ‘a private party for SERCO’. I looked around the park for more information but there was nothing posted apart from the notice to apply for an alcohol licence for the day.

    On Sunday we came to walk the dog. My children got very excited on seeing all the fun things on offer. We went to ask if we could join the fun but were told in no uncertain terms that we weren’t welcome unless we had ‘registered online’ already. We offered to register there and then but were told that was impossible. Winnie the Pooh waved at my children who tried to run up and see him, but were stopped by ‘bouncers’! – quite a peculiar combination!

    I asked repeatedly if we could join in since this is a public space and was told no. I was told there was information posted on the gates, but no one could show me anything. We felt angry that a huge section of the park was fenced off for private purposes. So we went home and made a banner ‘NO PRIVATE PARTIES _ KEEP THE PARK PUBLIC’ and we made a petition against the party. We returned to the park and gained 3 pages of signatures over an hour. Some children who were turned away from the event were crying. I was threatened with arrest by one of the event staff(!).

    I would like to give you the petition to express how sad and angry we feel that the park should be used in this way.

    When we came home to Carver road we couldn’t enjoy our garden either as we had to listen the the thumping music and MC from the park. Should ‘noise licenses’ be required?!

    Lastly the event staff kept repeating that we could have registered on line and attended the party but this was a nonsense. Why was it not advertised on the calendar? No one in the park was aware what was going on.

    Could you tell us the thinking behind the park being used in this way, And reassure us that it won’t happen in the future without better warning and notification – so that we can object.

    Even if it raises money for the park I do think it is against the spirit of a public park.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Lucy Akrill
    Tel 07843 261052

    1. Lucy

      Thanks for contacting BPCP.

      I am sorry to hear that your day in the Park was ruined. We are aware of similar discontent expressed at the SERCO event on social media.

      The SERCO event doesn’t appear on our website, the MAD for Brockwell Park calendar / blog or Friends of Brockwell Park website because it was not organised by us, or the Friends, nor was it a community event open to all local people.

      I understand that SERCO applied to Lambeth Council for consent to hold a private party in the Park for their employees. The Council approved their event. I am not clear whether any fee paid by SERCO to Lambeth in respect of the hire passes back to the Park. The SERCO event also made the organisation of our annual Five Parks Walk on the same day – which is entirely volunteer run – much more difficult than usual.

      We would be very happy to receive your petition at our registered address (87 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich, London. SE21 8EZ) and we will present it to Lambeth Council. You may also wish to make a formal complaint to Lambeth Council.

      Yours sincerely

      Matthew Allgood
      Brockwell Park Community Partners

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