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Consultation held by Haringey Borough Council over management of Finsbury Park
Haringey Borough Council is calling on residents to have their say on proposals to change the way events are managed in Finsbury Park.
The council is planning to create a new outdoor events policy to replace outdated recommendations agreed more than ten years ago.
The new policy would aim to enable improvements the park while also giving a wider range of local groups access.
Any extra income generated would be ploughed back into improving the park – including setting aside £20,000 for a dedicated programme of community activities such as school sports events and cultural festivals.
The authority also wants to improve the way it works with the community to plan for larger events.
It will do this by setting up panels of local people to discuss applications and by working more closely with organisers.
Proposals include increasing the maximum number of large outdoor events per year from five to six.
But the council claims the majority of the park – still larger than the whole of neighbouring Clissold Park – will remain available for public use throughout event days.
Large events will not be permitted during the summer school holidays.
Councillor John Bevan, cabinet member for environment, said: “Haringey’s award-winning parks are some of the best in the country and we want to make sure more people are able to use them for community activities.
“I’d urge residents to tell us what they think of our proposals so we can put local people at the centre of our plans for Finsbury Park’s future.”
To have your say, visit www.haringey.gov.uk/finsburyparkevents before Thursday, October 31.
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