A premises licence application has been submitted to Southwark for the Gala Festival to take place again on Peckham Rye Park on the May Bank Holiday weekend - 25-27 May 2019. The application this year is for three days not two and they are hoping for 10,000 people this year, up from 8,000. The application is until 23.00 this year. The proposal is to extend the festival site to the south. This would deny access to nearly all of the western part of the park and will increase the disturbance to local residents. The date for representations has now passed. Any comments relating to the event should be sent to events@southwark.gov.uk

We haven’t been told whether the Council has agreed provisionally for the event to take place, but the assumption must be that it has.

The event was held at the end of May 2018 and part of the park still remains fenced off to allow it to recover from the damage caused by the event. At a meeting held by the organisers after the event to obtain feedback, we were told the deep ruts damaging the meadow will be flattened out and the area reseeded when the weather changes. The councillors were made aware of continuing concerns about holding a festival in a wooded heritage park during nesting time and that a popular part of the park was fenced off from and inaccessible to the public for more than a week.