Waterloo Millennium Green

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Thursday 25 October 2018 6.32pm
BOST have put in a licensing application for Alcohol & Amplified Music on Millennium Green.
Many years ago Lambeth Council gave Waterloo Green Trust a 99 year lease on this Green to ensure that it stayed as a Green Open Space for the enjoyment of all.
This lease was then passed to BOST when Waterloo Green Trust ceased to exist.
Now BOST put in this application for possible sale of Alcohol 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, so depriving people of enjoying a quiet open Green space..
They hope to start trading on 1st December 2018 and we must do all possible to delay this by opposing to Lambeth Licensing and ensuring that the subject is discussed within the community at Waterloo Community Development Group and Southbank Forum.
You have until 14th November to raise an objection and ensure that this application goes to Licensing Committee for decision.
I attended the Millennium Green steering group meeting on 24th September and absolutely no mention was made of this application.
They have gone ahead with this application on purely commercial reasons and have had no consideration for the residents of Waterloo , who fought hard to keep this Green open Space
Friday 26 October 2018 11.29am
That's surprising - it's definitely a regular ongoing licence is it, not just for a one-off event?

Presume it would be for one of the food stalls. Or something to do with the pub maybe. Seems unusual anyway.
Friday 26 October 2018 2.03pm
From what I have heard it is a 365 days a year application on the largest green open space in North Lambeth ( Bishops Park may be larger but has less green space) and Jubilee Gardens is smaller. If the application is allowed it will destroy the very reason the green space was created in the first place i.e. a place of calm, relative quiet and relaxation for both the residents and workers of North Lambeth.

One off events whether they be for a day, a week or even a fortnight are acceptable provided they are not frequent but to seek licensing for every day of the year deserves objection by all who currently use the Green.

Our councillors and indeed Lambeth Council must be made to understand that public open spaces should not be looked upon, by whoever it may be, as a money spinning opportunity. The council must protect the few, very few, open spaces for the public and not commercial enterprises.
Monday 29 October 2018 12.36pm
I didn't understand why they paved (gravelled?!) over the Western edge of the park anyway. I've walked past many a lunchtime throughout the week and haven't seen any actual food stalls there, so it's ended up being less green space for nothing.

Why did they feel the need to compete with Lower Marsh Market anyway?
Monday 29 October 2018 1.10pm
I agree this is really surprising. Iíve had a lot of involvement with BOST over the years and Iím very surprised there has been no consultation or forewarning in the local community prior to this licensing application notice.

To clarify the contents of the application; it is a request for 7 days/week licensing of alcohol, live & recorded music, dance, plays, film. The times requested vary but all until at least 2200 hrs and most until 2230 or 2300.

I also agree BOST probably do not plan to run events into the evening regularly but I donít know what they do plan to use the license for and I find it very worrying. I live near the park and itís becoming increasingly noisy at this end of The Cut with the overspill from new bars etc.

I also strongly object to any outdoor sale of alcohol and late night entertainment when we already have so many problems with substance abuse and with high levels of litter on the streets and on the Green.
Monday 29 October 2018 9.13pm
We do not know what the true intent of BOST's application is.
One thing is for sure, money making.
To my knowledge there has been no consultation with local residents so we are left in the dark. Perhaps that was the idea, their plans could be passed with none of us knowing or being able to protest or lodge opposition.
It would seem that BOST want to create a new 'Vauxhall Gardens' for the twenty-first century
. Well I can do without that and much prefer the Millenium Green to be a place of quiet, rest and relaxation which, I believe was the original intention along with play space for local children and a space for local workers to relax during their working day.
We have so few open spaces in Waterloo for we residents that we must not give them over to pure commercialism.
We are seeing the loss of such open space as is evident on Emma Cons Gardens where the Lower Marsh market is being allowed to extend. The plaza/piazza by Cubana is being used by an extremely large burger van and all with the consent of Waterloo Quarter.

I do hope BOST and Waterloo Quarter read this rant and respond.
Wednesday 31 October 2018 10.18pm
I met with BOST earlier in the week and tried to negociate some restrictions on use ie number of days per year and restrictions on number attending.I received a reply today which totally rejects my suggestions.I have admiration for the good work that BOST do throughout the area but this application is not acceptable in its present format.I did suggest that they could carry out certain events on the green by way of TENS ( temporary event notices ) which restricts the number of days per year and also restricts the number of persons to 499. I obtained very quickly a full copy of the lease signed by Lambeth Council and BOST and found that they are not complying with some of the restrictions and are contravention of the user covenants. I have also objected to the license on the basis of 3 of the 4 Licensing objectives and I also believe that there are restrictions on section 121 of the Charities Act 2011. Local people fought long and hard for Millennium Green to be preserved as a Public Open Space and the fact that BOST went ahead with an application without consulting the local community via WCDG or South Bank Forum is disgraceful. Further more I am a member of the Millennium Green steering group and we met last on 24th September and no mention was made of this application and yet 3 weeks later an application was made to Lambeth. I would suggest that the who object make it known to Lambeth Council
Thursday 1 November 2018 8.56pm
OHRA could you post the licensing application so we can respond, I am not an expert in this.

It is odd that in Waterloo we have BOST and the Coin Street Builders who have been handed public property without any accountability to the local public. They can sit in a charity structure and put their fingers in their ears.

And the two cases look similar. Coin Street wanted income from Abba, and nearly visited the Garden Bridge on us. BOST presumably are also seeking income without any reference to the local community. What are they going to do with the income?

I don't know BOST and will impute the best of intentions to them but they could go about it a better way.
Friday 2 November 2018 11.09am
Dear all

I am the interim Director at BOST and have been working with the charity for almost 6 years now. I writing to give you some more background on BOSTís recent application for a premises licence at Waterloo Millennium Green (WMG). Many people have been in touch already and we really appreciate your feedback. We just wanted to let people know our thinking behind making the application and to reassure you that our aims in doing so are to benefit the local community by looking after the Green in the best way possible.

So our main aim in applying for a licence is to be able to animate the site in order to deter and combat anti-social behaviour.
You will be aware of the constant and increasing challenge we face in the area. At Waterloo Millennium Green, particularly over the past year, anti-social behaviour has been an increasing battle. In our 20yrs experience of running open spaces we have found one of the best ways to tackle this is by regularly animating the space with controlled activities. By doing this we can then engender an atmosphere of the park being used and cared for, bringing local people in more, and create a climate where anti-social behaviour cannot happen comfortably. Having a premises licence is the most cost-effective and simplest way of us doing this.

We do not want to hold events on Waterloo Green that disrupt our neighbours or exclude people from using it, far from it. Beautiful, high quality open spaces for the whole community is at the heart of what BOST aims to do. Indeed, we have been working closely with the steering group for many years and in particular on planned physical improvements to the park which we are undertaking now.

In the past couple of years WMG has hosted a number of brilliant events such as RISE community theatre in partnership with The Old Vic. With a premises licence we will have more freedom and flexibility to work with trusted partners on similar initiatives. It will also mean we are able to support community groups, like Waterloo Carnival, and other charities as they wonít have to apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TENS) for small one-off events themselves. Even a PA system requires a TENS at the moment.
Additionally, the rules for TENS limits events to only 21 days per year, so if we held a longer event such as RISE then weíd be unable to host anything else for the community through the rest of the year.
In regards to alcohol, we have absolutely no plans or desire to run bars on site as a regular feature. We only want to make it simpler for theatre companies or similar to run a small bar for a particular event and for community/charity groups to use the space. Often for guests attending this is an added bonus, and provides a small income to generate funds to pay for the event itself. In our application we have clearly addressed the licencing objectives particularly to do with alcohol and are fully aware of the issues around these. We have trained and qualified people in our team that understand what these are and how to manage them so as to not impact on the community.
In terms of noise and disturbance, we already have policy of strict monitoring and control. With The Old Vic for example we always consult on noise levels as amplification can have an adverse effect on their performances which we want to avoid.

Finally, events do sometimes of course generate income. We do not have full funding to run the site so a small amount of additional income generated for the sustainability of the Green is welcome. However, this really is only moderate given the type of events we are able to host because of the location of the site near to housing, and its size. So this is in no way the key motivation for us.

We love all our green spaces and we would never want people to feel excluded from them. We do not anticipate how we run the Green to change on a day to day basis other than improving. This licence should allow us to bring more community fun to the area and reduce the parkís antisocial behaviour by taking more control over what happens on the Green.

Regarding the gravelled stall areas, this was actually done in partnership with Lower Marsh Market who we were working with to extend the market and bring some stalls onto the green - again to animate the site and discourage anti-social behaviour. They suggested that making some areas for a stall to pitch on would make it easier for traders to set up. However, this project did not work out as planned but we do still have the ability to host a couple of stalls so may be looking at this for next summer.

We hope that the way in which we have run the Green up until now, with local community input, demonstrates that we fully respect our neighbours and would never do anything to jeopardise the relationships we have built up.

We are completely open to further discussion and welcome local peoples input, so please do keep talking to us about this and anything else you feel is important. Please feel free to call us on 020 7403 3393 or email info@bost.org.uk.

Thanks
Sarah Mangan
Friday 2 November 2018 11.29am
Dear OHRA
I'm sorry that my meeting with you and letter did not allay your concerns. Indeed I was under the impression that we had reached an agreement where you said you would ask for the license to be restricted to 60 days per year to which I agreed. I did agree with your suggestions not reject them.

Regarding our licence, we are not in any way breaking the conditions fo this. We would never do that. We have invested too much time and effort into keeping Waterloo Millenium Green up and running to jeopardise this. In particular, as you know we are working right now on a programme of physical improvements to the site that will make it a more beautiful, inviting place for the community, and actively fundraising to do this. There are conditions in our licence that clearly permit us to run cultural and community events so I think this may be a misunderstanding.

Please do get in touch if you have any more concerns. You have my direct email and phone number.

Thakns
Sarah
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