Alexandra Park could apply for licence for wider programme of events

There could be many more events to come for Alexandra Park. Photo: Polly Hancock

There could be many more events to come for Alexandra Park. Photo: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Alexandra Park and Palace will decide tonight whether to apply for an events licence for the park, prompting fears over noise pollution and public access

While there is already a licence for the Palace building, the trust does not have one for the beautiful green open space of the park.

For each park event, including the famous Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival, an individual licence needs to be granted.

But the Board will decide Thursday (tonight) whether it will apply to Haringey Council for a park premise licence.

This will leave the door wide open for a broader and bigger events programme.

Ideas include plays, spilling out from the old Victorian Theatre which is being restored, creating a “credible arts space”.

There could also be live music and dance, with jazz, classical and contemporary sounds, as well as an outdoors cinema.

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Chair of the Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum David Winskill fears the natural resource of the park could be “commercially exploited”.

He is concerned more events might lead to the park being closed to the unticketed public, and the neighbours could suffer from noise.

“The whole of Haringey is a giant amphitheatre,” he said.

“Lots of people already have to put up with the enormous concerts at Finsbury Park.”

“Everyone wants a secure financial future for Alexandra Palace but that doesn’t mean it should impact on people’s quality of life.”

The park once turned down a Stone Roses concert – and the trust said it would continue to turn down events if they are unsuitable, taking into account crime and public safety.

Chief executive Louise Stewart said: “The Park and Palace have established a great reputation for hosting and effectively managing a wide range of events.

“The activities we undertake are essential to generate funds to deliver our charitable purposes, to maintain and repair the Park and Palace and ensure they remain open for the public. We always carefully consider the appropriateness and impacts of our events.

“The Alexandra Park and Palace Advisory Committee will consider the proposed application and their views will then be considered by the Board in making its decision.

“However the decision to grant a licence or not will be taken by the licensing authority and will be subject to their consultation processes.”