In a recent meeting with the Friends Jeremy Corbyn MP gave his full support to the campaign and expressed his concern over the use of commercial events in Finsbury Park. He said, “I know and love Finsbury Park, but it needs to be a park for all, all of the time, which means management and restrictions of all events in the times of year that the park is occupied by these events.”
Jeremy also raised the prospect of discussing new policies/legislation with his shadow environment minister for the restriction of the use of public spaces for private events.
Why this case matters
The FoFP legal action is not about banning events in the park outright. If we win the appeal, the ruling will not ban commercial events, but it will restrict the number of days of events, and the size of events, to a level that is sustainable and continues to preserve London and local authority managed parks across the country as areas of tranquillity and natural beauty, free and open to all.
The outcome of this appeal will have legal ramifications for every local authority managed public park across the capital and beyond: it will decide whether parks will be protected for local communities against commercial over-exploitation, or given away indefinitely for local authorities to hire out to whoever they want, for however long, regardless of its condition or the customer.
“In the light of the increasingly valuable part parks play in creating spaces for sport and fitness, and helping with mental health and wellbeing, as well as their contribution towards tackling pollution, it is vital that we guarantee the future of all of London’s major parks and open spaces. I believe that this legal precedent will help secure that future. If London’s parks are open, then London is open”. Simon Hunt, Chair of the Friends of Finsbury Park
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see also HARINGEY – FINSBURY PARK Legal Case