Decisive action by Lambeth Council and the police prevented an illegal rave ruining a Diamond Jubilee Street party at the weekend.
Residents in Arragon Gardens, Streatham, contacted the council last week after flyers were posted through their doors advertising a ‘4-day non-stop rave’ at one of the houses in the road.
They were concerned that it would mean they had to cancel their street party, which had been months in the planning.
But the council took swift action to serve the owners of the property with a noise abatement notice last Tuesday, warning them that they could face a fine of up to £5,000 and a criminal record if they breached the notice. Officers warned they would also have their stereo equipment seized. The council also deployed a visible presence of community safety and noise officers to patrol the area over the weekend.
As a result the planned rave did not take place as the organisers were forced to cancel the event, and the residents’ street party went off successfully as planned.
Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Public Protection said: “I’m delighted that we were able to intervene to make sure residents didn’t have their street party ruined. I want to thank the council officers who pulled out all the stops to get this rave stopped, as well as the residents themselves for contacting us so quickly. It was a real team effort. We won’t tolerate people who make other people’s lives a misery through noisy, anti-social behaviour, as this episode shows.
“All in all it was a fantastic weekend, despite the weather, and the many street parties showed the true community spirit that Lambeth and its residents have.”
A resident of Arragon Gardens said: “I want to say thank you to the council for their support over the weekend, we really appreciated it. We are delighted that all went off quietly. We did appreciate the presence in Arragon Gardens and are pleased all went well for all concerned. The coordinated approach was clearly effective.”