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Gunnersbury Park licence: Hundreds sign petition opposing licence allowing more events

More than 400 people have signed the petition which calls on Hounslow Council to review its licence with the park

(Image: Ealing Gazette)

"We want fewer larger events" demands a petition launched in opposition of a licence granted to Gunnersbury Park allowing more events to take place.

More than 400 people have signed the petition so far, calling on Hounslow Council to review its licence with the park.

The petition claims the park will be allowed to run four Melas each year, four beer festivals for up to 10,000 people and noisy events running until 10.30pm.

The page reads: "Forget about quiet walks with children, park runs, kite flying, big business making profits will take priority with parts of the park closed off."

More events will be able to be held in the park from 2018(Image: Google Street View)

The licence has been delivered by both Hounslow and Ealing councils as the park undergoes a restoration project funded by grants from the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funds.

The park is run by both councils after they were awarded the grants to overhaul the museum and make major improvements to the park.

Cabinet member for green policy and leisure at Hounslow Council, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, explains how the councils wants to increase the number of users and visitors to the park after "re-investing significantly in its regeneration".

She said: " There has also been a limited number of annual park events for local communities and visitors.

The park is jointly owned and run by Hounslow and Ealing Councils(Image: Google Earth)

"The licence was approved to allow the new management body, Gunnersbury CIC, to be able to hold more events in Gunnersbury Park from 2018, the CIC’s first year of operations.

"The council’s licensing panel placed conditions on any events that may be held after residents made very effective representations at the licensing hearing meeting.

"The decision was made in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003, which means there is no provision for the panel to review the decision internally and it is not eligible for the scrutiny committee."

The petition is asking for no events after 9pm, fewer larger events and 21 days respite between events in western playing fields, the latter, according to Hounslow Council is already in the licence, Cllr Samia Chaudhary added: "One of the conditions for the licence was that all medium, large and special events will have a gap of a minimum of 21 days."

Defending the licence, a spokesman for Ealing Council said: "Gunnersbury Park is currently undergoing an exciting restoration, which will benefit of the community and mean that local people will be able to enjoy this wonderful green space long into the future.

"This new licence will allow wider community use of the park, and any income generated from commercial events will support its ongoing operating costs.”

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