Search

Residents’ concerns over plans for German beer festival in Kilburn park

PUBLISHED: 18:41 16 June 2015 | UPDATED: 18:44 16 June 2015

Oktoberfest hopes to take place in Kilburn Park in September

Oktoberfest hopes to take place in Kilburn Park in September

Archant

A row is brewing over plans for a German beer festival to stage a two-week party in a park in Kilburn.

James King is objecting to the plansJames King is objecting to the plans

Residents are objecting to the proposals by London Oktoberfest to host two four-day events in Kilburn Grange Park in Kilburn High Road, on September 17-20 and September 24-27.

Oktoberfest, which has run popular summer festivals in London since 2011, serves beer and Bratwurst sausages from long tables where drinkers dance to traditional Bavarian oompah bands with some wearing traditional Lederhosen clothing.

It attracts up to 2,500 visitors at the weekend and this is the first time it could take place in Kilburn.

However James King, ex-Lib Dem Kilburn councillor, fears the festival will cause misery for residents.

Visitors dress up for the eventVisitors dress up for the event

He said: “This event is just too large, too long and too late. It creates a risk of drunken behaviour in the aftermath in a residential area.

“I just don’t think it’s reasonable and it doesn’t feel like a community event. “It’s very different from the Kilburn Festival which we have all enjoyed over the years.

“They are increasingly looking to rent out our parks for long periods of time and it’s a lot of space to be taking up for two weeks.”

So far eight residents have lodged objections to the plans which is seeking permission for alcohol to be served from 4.30pm to 10.30 Thursday to Saturday and until 6.30pm on Sundays during the event.

Up to 2,500 people could attend at the weekendUp to 2,500 people could attend at the weekend

The company also needs the green light to set up a giant marquee containing a bar and performance area from September 13 -29.

Carsten Raun, Director of London Oktoberfest, told the Times: “Oktoberfest is not too big for the park, it’s a cultural event and we thought Kilburn Grange would be ideal because Camden and Kilburn are often left behind on events and we are only using one third of the of the park.”

He added: “People think of it as a festival where you drink enormous amounts of alcohol but we only serve one lager, and it costs a lot per pint so people don’t drink too much.

“It’s going to be a really traditional Oktoberfest. People will sit together and make friend-we’ve had two marriages since we first started.”

Mr Raun also said he is taking measures to limit noise disturbance and drunken behaviour and will start the event earlier on Sundays to cater for families with young children.

Cllr Jonathan Simpson, Camden Council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “Details of objections and support will be published on our website five days before the committee hearing to make a decision, which is scheduled for 30 June.

“Members of the public may attend the hearing and those who have made representations are able to speak.”

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

Yesterday, 14:58

The former head of a Wembley secondary school and two governors must pay back more than £1.9m after “swindling” cash in a bonus scandal.

Yesterday, 11:36

A charity worker who was “punched, kicked and scratched” by six teenage girls and two boys as she waited for a bus in Neasden has thanked three Good Samaritans who saved her.

Yesterday, 10:42

A couple subjected to a second terrifying attack at their Wembley hostel are begging Brent Council to hurry up and find them a safe home.

Yesterday, 09:03

Pupils and staff at a Kenton secondary school planted a swathe of poppies in commemoration of 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Yesterday, 07:57

Professional footballers gave some Queen’s Park primary pupils a surprise by joining in with their PE lesson.

Mon, 11:20

A man is stable in hospital after being stabbed in Kensal Green.

Mon, 10:37

Police believe two raids at temples in Willesden and Harrow are linked and want to speak to this man in connection with them.

Friday, November 16, 2018

An 80-year-old grandmother was called a “f***ing bitch” in a “foul outburst” by her alleged murderer months before she was strangled with a lawnmower cord in a Colindale allotment shed, the Old Bailey heard today.

PROMOTED CONTENT

A new community centre, The Yellow, opens in Wembley Park in the heart of the Brent community. From October 1, the hub will offer a selection of arts and fitness classes, many of which will be free.

The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now