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Haringey Borough Council under fire for approving Wireless Concert in Finsbury Park
Haringey Borough Council has come under fire after it approved plans for music concerts in Finsbury Park despite opposition from politicians and the public.
On Monday, the authority’s approved licensing application by the festival promoter, Live Nation, to hold the Wireless Festival in the park next summer.
Politicians from both Haringey and Islington claimed that if the application was granted it would allow a concert that is twice as big as that of the Stone Roses, which was held in May.
They also claimed that music fan would fight and urinate in the streets around the park and caused disruption to the community.
Under the new licensing agreement approved by the council concerts will not be able finish late on Sunday following fears that up to 10,000 people could end up stranded.
They will only be allowed to go on until 10.30pm if organisers persuade the police that concert goers can get away safely.
However the promoters have been granted an indefinite license to hold the Wireless Festival and other festivals in the park for years to come for up to 49,000 people.
Councillor Katherine Reece, deputy leader of the Haringey Liberal Democrats, said: “The Liberal Democrats believe that far greater co-ordination with police and transport authorities needs to take place for larger concerts in the park.
“And that the Labour-run council has not provided assurances that enough will be done to lessen the impact on residents.
“Live Nation's indefinite license for concerts in Finsbury Park means that far larger parts of the park will be unavailable to residents for longer periods than ever before.”
Cllr Reece added that she was very concerned about what these events will do to the park and how the council will stop anti-social behaviour.
But council leader Claire Kober defended the decision to grant the license.
She said: “We’re proud that Finsbury Park is home to such a rich programme of events that brings visitors to our borough and supports local traders.
“This policy will not increase the number of large events, but it will bring in vital income to help us maintain our Green Flag award-winning parks at a time when our budget is being significantly reduced.
“We’re committed to better licensing and enforcement to minimise disruption from events to local residents – as well as funding free community events and festivals that continue to make use of Finsbury Park’s stunning facilities.”
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