Lambeth Council says the decision to allow the events to go ahead is a reasonable and proportionate response, taken after thorough consideration of legal, and other implications, not least public safety and environmental impact on the Common.
The events have been widely publicised and some 80,000 tickets have already been sold. Cancellation at short notice would not only cause disappointment, if people turn up unaware of cancellation, it would put pressure on the police to manage crowds being turned away and there would be no waste management arrangements in place.
The events, one of which has been held successfully for many years, are subject to stringent procedures to fulfil licensing, public safety and other requirements in accordance with EventLambeth’s normal processes. The site is also subject to inspection by building control officers, noise and public safety enforcement and the events have been considered at a number of Lambeth Events Safety Advisory Group (LESAG) meetings which the police, emergency services and Wandsworth Council officers attended.