Archive for October, 2015

Noise and crime stats released for summer Hyde Park concerts

Parks officers have released the following: there were only 24 noise complaints, including those to the Parks’ 0800 number and to WCC, fewer than last year.

Crime also reduced significantly this year, with the Metropolitan Police recording 31 incidents, down from 66 in 2014.

As ever, the complaints email address is: .

Alternately, during events, if you would prefer to speak to someone, please call 0800 567 7079.

The Parks have to find two thirds of their budget themselves, rather than getting it from government. Given that these figures arose from around 300,000 visitors over 11 days,  bringing significant income, they seem tolerable.  Let’s make sure they stay that way.

Keeping Winter Wonderland’s impact on residents to the minimum

The chief executive of the Royal Parks, representatives of event managers PWR and its parent IMG, and community representatives from around the park (including me) met this Friday to work through the plans for Winter Wonderland this year.

All main thoroughfares will remain open to park users; no-one will be allowed to leave the venue with a drink; there will be a permanent steward at Hyde Park Corner tube station and departing crowds will be directed towards Brook Street and Bond Street tube to ease the pressure on the park’s south-east corner.

There will be monitoring of sound levels once again and although the footprint of the event has moved north in order to keep Serpentine Road open, the noisy rides will remain where they were. Extra stewarding, rubbish removal staff and more CCTV are in the plan this year.  As ever, all restoration of the parade ground turf is paid for by the event organisers.

The event is a money spinner for the Parks which they certainly need as their grant falls. Let’s hope the new arrangements will keep it safe and enjoyable for all – including the Park bats and owls, who are predicted to experience less disturbance from the new layout….

Petition delivered to Deputy Mayor at New Scotland Yard



I was honoured to accompany Bernadette McKernan, Professor Averil Bradley and HPEA Chairman Nick Johnson to New Scotland Yard to deliver the petition against on-street vice to Stephen Greenhalgh, London”s Deputy Mayor responsible for policing. Mr Greenhalgh has already taken up the question of police strategy in this area with the Deputy Commissioner so we look forward to a positive response when the Deputy Mayor speaks to the HPEA’s AGM on 13th October.

Antonia Cox

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