Residents angered by council for misuse of Southwark Park

petition on Alice in Winterland
Alice in Winterland entrance, photo by Juliana Onetti.

Southwark residents asked the Council to cancel the ‘Alice in Winterland’ event as this would mean a 2.5-month closure of Southwark Park to the public.

An unsuccessful petition was created on the 19th of September 2018 and at the time of writing, over 600 people have signed.

Rosie Beattie who started the petition said she did it because, “the council failed to consult or inform resident groups about the closure of half the publicly funded park.”.

She expressed her concerns saying that: “It is disgraceful that the council signed the contract before carrying out an environmental study.” She added “the profits aren’t even being channelled back into the park”.

In response to the petition, Southwark Council has said “We have doubled security measures, added CCTV cameras and have implemented strict restricts on sound level from Sunday to Thursday, ending at 9 pm.”

As the council explained, changes have been made. A local resident and mother, Bia Mungalsingh, has noticed these changes. Living next to the park, she would be directly affected.

She has said, “they leave most of the park open” for resident usage. She also added: “I hear no music at all so we are virtually unaffected.”