Conditions have been openly flouted for years

The cancellation of the Kenwood concerts has clearly caused some distress. Let us at least be clear about the facts. Camden has a duty, in licensing such concerts, to lay down conditions regarding acceptable noise levels and their frequency of occurrence.

The cancellation of the Kenwood concerts has clearly caused some distress. Let us at least be clear about the facts. Camden has a duty, in licensing such concerts, to lay down conditions regarding acceptable noise levels and their frequency of occurrence. For years English Heritage and IMG have repeatedly flouted these conditions.

It would have been quite appropriate for Camden, last year, to have refused a licence entirely until satisfied that IMG had both the capacity and the intention to abide by these conditions; instead, in a compromise, they limited the number of concerts from the 10 proposed to eight.

Mr Simon Thurley (H&H letters, March 1) now claims that eight concerts, each attended by many thousands, cannot be made financially viable: your readers might find this a truly extraordinary statement. At all events, the concerts have been cancelled by English Heritage, not by - or at the behest of - local residents, nor by Camden.

It isn't yet possible in this country for majorities, however large, to dictate to minorities, however small, the terms on which the latter shall be permitted to live. And even greedy commercial organisations are required, sometimes, to live by the rules.


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Robin Fairlie

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