A joint statement by Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council and Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council
Published: Thursday, 14th September 2017
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: "Hounslow and Ealing Councils want to increase the number of users and visitors to the park after re-investing significantly in its regeneration, which has included HLF [Heritage Lottery Fund] and Big Lottery Fund grants.
"There has also been a limited number of annual park events for local communities and visitors.
"The licence was approved to allow the new management body, Gunnersbury CIC, to be able to hold more events in Gunnersbury Park from 2018, the CIC's first year of operations.
"The Council's Licensing Panel placed conditions on any events that may be held after residents made very effective representations at the Licensing Hearing meeting.
"This included a condition that all medium, large and special events will have a gap of a minimum 21 days. Smaller events of no more than 499 people will be able to apply for a temporary licence to have bar facilities. A requirement for special contractors to be used to ensure all litter and infrastructure to be cleared within 48 hours of an event finishing.
"The decision was made in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003. This new licence will allow wider community use of the park, and any income generated from commercial events will support its ongoing operating costs."
"This new licence will allow wider community use of the park, and any income generated from commercial events will support its ongoing operating costs.
Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council said: “We know how important Gunnersbury Park is to the local community and creating a social enterprise like this CIC to manage it will allow the park to remain a wonderful and much-loved, green space for residents.
“It will also mean Gunnersbury will fulfil its potential as a venue for exciting cultural events, and revenue raised from such events will go back into maintaining the park’s costs. Under these new plans Gunnersbury will host a range of events, from larger concerts, to community organised activities, adding to the rich cultural heritage offered here in Ealing.
“The ongoing renovation of the park will also see new sports, leisure and heritage facilities open over the next two years, which will benefit local residents of all ages.”