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Rats and graffiti led to loss of park’s Green Flag award

23 November, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Graffiti was among issues raised after the park visit

A DAMNING report which highlighted “major concerns” about the state of a park, leading to its loss of a Green Flag award, was revealed this week.

The Keep Britain Tidy honour is given to thousands of parks throughout the country, but Finsbury Park lost its right to fly the award flag last month.

A “mystery shopper” visited the park, managed by Haringey Council, in October and highlighted 12 areas of concern, including a large number of rats, issues with graffiti and a “dangerous” play area.

The report says the “major concerns” should have been highlighted in Haringey’s weekly inspection.

The “mystery shopper’s” report described “a disappointing visit that highlighted a lot of areas of concern that are not what is expected from a Green Flag site”.

Meanwhile, the future of large-scale music events at Finsbury Park remains uncertain almost two weeks after a shock appeal by the organisers of Wireless festival.

Haringey Council had yet to decide yesterday (Thursday) whether it would defend new licensing conditions it imposed on festival organiser Live Nation.

Community group Friends of Finsbury Park prompted a licensing review last month amid concerns about music festivals in the park, which borders Islington and Hackney.

The licensing panel, made up of Haringey councillors, imposed new noise restrictions and an earlier closing time.

But Live Nation lodged an appeal at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court last Monday saying the new conditions were “wrong, disproportionate and contrary to the evidence”.

Haringey has said it has already made improvements to the park and hopes to fly the Green Flag award there again soon.

No one from Live Nation would comment despite numerous emails and phone calls to its press office.

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