Commercial run operator provokes more public anger

Run ThroughBrockwell Park users once again reacted angrily to the conduct of Run Through, a commercial 10km race provider, on Sunday 10th January 2016.

Park user groups have received allegations that the event resulted in:

  • unnecessarily loud music played at 9am on a Sunday, disturbing local residents.
  • inadequate and ineffective marshalling of the event. Park users not participating in the event were forced to walk on the grass in the mud by runners who would not give way.
  • abuse of Brockwell Lido staff by Run Through participants when they were told that they could not use Lido facilities, including toilets and first aid.
  • blocking of the Lido entrance, car park and Dulwich Road by Run Through participants.
  • failure by Run Through to declare on its website that proceeds from the event are being donated to charity – despite Lambeth Events Team recording this as a ‘charity event’.

Run Through’s operation has previously proved controversial with park users, as this article from January 2014 shows.

Brockwell Park’s management team, comprising of park stakeholder groups and Lambeth staff, will seek to resolve these issues with Lambeth Events Team next week and to avoid a repeat – as Events has scheduled Run Through to return to the Park in August 2016.

BPCP review of 2015

Arson destroys public shelter January and February – the Park gets off to the worst possible start – an arson attack totally destroying the shelter facility by the tennis courts (subsequently rebuilt at the end of the year), followed by serious vandalism to the shelter on the path between Herne Hill gate and Norwood Lodge.

VolunteerMarch saw Lambeth Council’s public consultation on the future of cultural services, including parks and libraries.

Many park users expressed concern about the implications of the 50% cut to Lambeth Parks budget by 2016.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAApril saw the unveiling of a plaque to 2nd Lieutenant Benjamin Geary, a Lambeth resident that fought in the First World War in a ceremony attended by family members and the Worshipful Mayor of Lambeth.

 

downloadMay saw a surge in crime at Brockwell Park – a serious sexual assault near the Lido gate and serious criminal damage to the Community Greenhouses, Rosendale shelter facility, several Park noticeboards and both toilets by Brockwell Hall. Local groups St Matthew’s Project and Green Rock River Band brought some much needed cheer to the Park and the Hall with a respective free sports photography exhibition and free rock concert supported through the MADD for Brockwell Park Programme.

thamesJune brought a large commercial dance music event to the Park – Found Festival – which caused disturbance to local residents. Earlier that month, BPCP and the Herne Hill Society put together the first Thomas Lynn Bristowe memorial event – The Making of South London by historian Len Reilly, a fascinating and well attended lecture.

Dog ShowJuly witnessed arguably Brockwell’s best ever dog show, rescued at the eleventh hour by spirited and talented local volunteers following Lambeth Officer withdrawal. Actor Mark Rylance chaired a panel of celebrities, including Trudie Goodwin, to judge the well received ‘Woof Hall’ event. Either side of the dog show was a free Wuntanara African drumming and dance concert, and the 41st Lambeth Country Show. A huge ‘I heart Lambeth’ sign was installed in the park – which also retained its Green Flag status.

lambethAugust brought a change to Lambeth Parks staffing structure. Out went the dedicated Brockwell Park Manager and Park Education Officer posts. In came an Area Parks Manager post serving Brockwell and ten other parks in Herne Hill and Tulse Hill. The Park also welcomed back ‘Funky Breakers’ for a free afternoon of breakdancing workshops and hip hop showcase.

IMG_2010September’s spontaneous ‘Soul Train’, courtesy of local residents band ‘Soul Intent’ provided superb free entertainment for park users on a beautiful day in Park. This was followed by Third Thought’s ‘Invisible People’ – providing non intrusive free theatre performances to park users in the Walled Garden.

HHMFOctober’s Herne Hill Music Festival brought the curtain down on MADD for Brockwell Park with a wonderful free performance by the All Saints Concert Band.

 

IMG_2144November and December (now without the annual fireworks display) saw more vandalism to the shelters near Norwood Lodge, while demolition work progressed on the redundant Changing Block following a decision passed by BPCP stakeholders in 2014 The hardstanding will be retained for park uses.

So that was 2015. A largely difficult and a destructive year for the Park, brightened by some magical moments of community creativity for which we are very grateful to local volunteers and performers without whom this would not be possible. To volunteer in Brockwell Park please email us at: brockwellparkcommunitypartners@gmail.com

Found Festival – potential disruption to Brockwell Park users

Found Festival FenceTo all park users.

The Found Festival takes place on 13th June 2015. This is a commercial arrangement between Lambeth Events Team and Found Series.

Currently the Found Festival site is being constructed in Brockwell Park and will take place around the corral area. The fencing will be in place until 14th June 2015 and dismantled thereafter.

I would like to offer my apologies for any inconvenience caused to Brockwell Park users.

Paul Carter, Manager, Brockwell Park.

Surge in crime at Brockwell Park

downloadThe Metropolitan Police has notified of an increase in criminal activity in Brockwell Park.

  • There was a serious sexual assault in the park on the 13th of May between 2150 and 2200 which is being investigated by experienced Detectives from the Met’s Sexual offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command. (0208 721 4128). The suspects are described as in their 20’s, both white and left via the Lido gate. This was a horrible incident. However, the Police would like to re-assure park users that this is an isolated incident.
  • In addition there have been several instances of criminal damage amounting to tens of thousands of pounds: multiple windows damaged at Brockwell Hall in a series of incidents, damaged windows in the greenhouse, bins set on fire, notice boards set on fire. According to local fire officers, there has been an increase in this style of criminal damage, so Brockwell is not alone.
  • However ….YOU CAN HELP. If you see it happening; please, please phone 999 there and then. This will be the most effective was of us catching the suspects. Please encourage other to do the same. You can also contact Herne Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0208 649 2008 or hernehill.snt@met.police.uk
  • You can also email to Brockwell Park Parkwatch brockwellparkwatch@gmail.com so that we can log in the incident.

Vandalism mars Brockwell Park bank holiday

We regret to report that Brockwell Park was once again the target of vandalism across the Bank Holiday weekend.

GreenhouseOn May Day we received reports of further smashed windows at the Community Greenhouses.

Nine window panes have been smashed to date by rocks being thrown deliberately over the Greenhouses fence.

 

CEASbYmWYAAcUlJ IMG_1279The following day saw the Rosendale shelter facility vandalised.

An alert park user photographed three children, alleged to have caused the damage to the shelter, exiting the scene.

Later in the weekend a fire was lit in the ladies toilets by Brockwell Hall, which was stopped from spreading by alert contractors. Three panes of glass in the men’s toilets were smashed and there has also been excessive damage to park noticeboards.

All of this follows arson at the tennis court shelter and vandalism to the shelter between Norwood Road and Herne Hill earlier in the year.

If you have any information on these incidents, please report to the police.

If you see anti social behaviour in the Park, you can:

  • Phone the Police. 101 for non-emergency situations; 999 for emergencies
  • Phone Lambeth Council on 020 7926 4000
  • Email Brockwell Park Watch at brockwellparkwatch@gmail.com

Please make a note of the date, time and description of any suspicious activity but do not intervene directly.