RA Lyttelton Playing Fields Consultation
 

January 2012
RA opposes private marquees, grass parking and sound systems

After establishing Residents' views at an open meeting held on 7 December 2011, the RA concluded that the interests of the residents and the protection of the physical amenities of the Playing Fields make them unsuitable for events requiring a marquee. On 6th January, the RA submitted a response to LB Barnet's consultation, requesting that the policy specifically identifies Lyttelton as “unsuitable for private events”. The 18 adverse points listed in our December entry below were annexed, and the RA particularly drew attention to:

• noise pollution for surrounding houses

• health and safety (the unfenced stream and inevitable broken glass adjacent to the children’s playground)

• the sheer impracticality (no toilets or electricity, no proper roadway or parking for contractors) 

• inevitable damage by vehicles at the two right-angle bends on the footpath access.

For the map of Barnet's proposed marquee site & parking on Lyttelton Playing Fields, scroll down to the foot of the December entry below. 


December 2011
email Barnet your views by 16 January

If you have views on the Barnet proposal to permit private events in parks, including Lyttelton Playing Fields, email e&o.consultation@barnet.gov.uk  before 16 January - to be effective, identify 3 or 4 that really matter to you and give reasons in your own words.

The RA learned about the proposal towards the end of November, and delivered flyers to houses and flats adjacent to Lyttelton Playing Fields convening an open meeting at HGS Synagogue on 7 December (see Events, December, and RA e-News of 1st Dec). 43 people attended (39 households) and found 18 points against the proposal, and a possible 2 in favour if the permitted events were small and without sound systems or vehicles in the fields - see table below.

At that time, the deadline for responses was 16 December, but having obtained an extension to 16 January, the wider Suburb should consider the proposal. Cllr Marshall proposed the extension to the Area Environment Committee, as did the RA in its initial response.

On 6th January, the RA full response concluded that the interests of the residents and the protection of the physical amenities of the Playing Fields make them unsuitable for events requiring a marquee, and requested that the policy specifically identifies it as “unsuitable for private events”. The 18 adverse points listed below were annexed, and the RA particularly drew attention to:

  • noise pollution for surrounding houses
  • health and safety (the unfenced stream and inevitable broken glass adjacent to the children’s playground)
  • the sheer impracticality (no toilets or electricity, no proper roadway or parking for contractors)
  • inevitable damage by vehicles at the two right-angle bends on the footpath access.

For the map of Barnet's proposed marquee site & parking on Lyttelton Playing Fields, scroll down below the following table. For more information see http://engage.barnet.gov.uk/  and click on Events in Parks (affecting 8 of Barnet's 16 parks).

 

Points against  (per meeting of 7 December)                                                 

 

 

1.

Street Parking

2.

Restricted entry – effect on streets

3.

Grass parking

4.

Effect on adjacent playground

5.

Security

(a)  Children

(b)  Burglars mixing with invitees

6.

Noise Pollution

7.

Light Pollution

8.

Existing Pathways –likely damage

9.

Health & Safety - commercial viability

10.

Closure of space to others during event

11.

Power, water – large & noisy trucks

12.

Toilets – trucks to bring in

13.

Effect on hedges

14.

Wildlife

15.

Broken glass, Litter

16.

Loss of tranquility

17.

Experience of other parks by local resident

18.

Unlike other 7 parks, parking on grass for organisers

 

 

 

Points for (per meeting)

1.

Children’s (small) communal events

2.

Small chamber orchestras

 

Barnet's proposed marquee site & parking on Lyttelton Playing Fields

Lyttelton Playing Fields Plan




 
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