Search

Safety fears over plans to lift barbecue ban in Camden

08:00 11 July 2014

Ceridwen Roberts, Ian Henghes and Christine Farrell fron the Friends of Waterlow Park group. Picture: Polly Hancock

Ceridwen Roberts, Ian Henghes and Christine Farrell fron the Friends of Waterlow Park group. Picture: Polly Hancock

Archant

A Highgate community group has criticised plans to withdraw the ban on barbecues in Camden’s parks and open spaces.

The Friends of Waterlow Park complained that it was not consulted in advance over the decision, which was made public last week.

Highgate councillor Sally Gimson, Camden cabinet member for sustainability and the environment, claimed she had written to all the “friends” groups of Camden’s green spaces.

She has admitted that there will be no detailed consultation process about the ruling, which will only affect council-owned parks.

The ban was lifted to benefit families who are unable to go on holiday this summer.

But Ceridwen Roberts, co-chairman of the Friends of Waterlow Park, branded the lack of consultation “absolutely inappropriate and high-handed”.

Academic researcher Ms Roberts, of North Road, Highgate, said: “A blanket deregulation across all of Camden’s parks does not seem a sensible way to go forward without consulting with individual park groups.”

Ms Roberts added that she holds significant safety concerns about the plans.

But Cllr Gimson said the council trusted residents to be responsible and any safety worries were “unfounded”.

Both parties are set to meet on Friday for briefings about the decision.

The lifting of the ban will come into effect in time for the school holidays.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

07:00
Ambulance

A 23-year-old man will appear in court today accused of causing death by dangerous driving following a collision in Camden Road on Sunday morning

52 minutes ago
Cllr Patricia Callaghan

Suicide among men has reached its highest level nationally for more than a decade.

07:02
Whittington Hospital NHS trust have paid damages to the bereaved family

Bereaved husband of breast cancer patient spearheads action against Archway hospital

Yesterday, 19:03
Firemen were called to the Swiss Cottage flat

A mother has been found guilty of attempted arson whilst being reckless after starting a fire at her Swiss Cottage flat where her seven-year-old daughter lay sleeping.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

The Welsh actor said politicians are scared of alienating and upsetting part of the electorate.

David Cameron will lay out his plans for helping to better protect children from sexual exploitation.

And it’s not the first time this has happened.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder