Concerns over plans for live music and alcohol in Gladstone Park until 2am
PUBLISHED: 17:04 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:04 24 April 2013
Brent Council have applied for a permanent licence for Dollis Hill open space
Concerns have been raised over plans which could lead to alcohol and live music being available until the early hours of the morning in Gladstone Park.
Brent Council have applied for a permanent licence which would see the park in Dollis Hill Lane, able to play host to festivals on any day it chooses without the need to consult with residents.
Licences are normally granted on an individual basis to allow for events such as the annual ‘Gladstonbury’ festival and last year’s ‘Golden Summer’ celebration.
But it is feared that if a perminant licence, which could run until as early as 2am, is granted it could have a detrimental impact on residents living close to the park and attract anti social behaviour.
Resident Susanna Galton, who lives in Huddlestone Road, often uses the park with her three young children.
Although approving of festivals which “encouraged a sense of community” she added: “My concern would be if bottles were left over from drinking the night before as lots of young children use the park.”
Amid uncertainty over what festivals would be allowed in the park Liberal Democrat Councillors for the neighbouring Dollis Hill and Mapesbury wards have called on the council to reject the licence.
Cllr Alison Hopkins said: “Having family friendly festivals such as Gladstonbury really enriches the area and makes it a vibrant place, but it would be worrying to think that all sorts of events could go on in the park without residents’ knowledge or permission especially until so late an hour.
“It makes no sense that a permanent licence is being applied for when it has always been on a case by case basis.”
A spokesman for Brent Council confirmed an application had been made.
He added: “If a license is granted, any proposed events at Gladstone Park would still be subject to approval by Brent’s Safety Advisory Group.”
The deadline for objections is on Sunday and the licence will be heard by the Town Hall’s licensing committee at a later date.
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