Concerns Raised over use of Blackheath

Councillor Geoff Brighty and Thomas Turrell attended the public meeting of the Blackheath Joint Working Party. At the meeting local residents voiced their concerns about the use of the heath after it emerged that Lewisham Council have given permission to two large festivals on the heath next year, both expecting to attract up to 15,000 people a day.

Residents were also disappointed that the Council officer from Lewisham who gave permission for these two events was unable to attend the meeting and explain his decision to ignore their views and grant the permission. Councillor Brighty spoke at the meeting about how Lewisham Council do not consult with Greenwich Council over the use of the heath even though residents in Blackheath Westcombe ward and Greenwich West ward are both affected by the noise and disruption caused by large events on the heath.

Cllr Brighty commented “Lewisham Council and local residents seem to have opposite ideas when it comes to how the Heath should be used and given it is local residents who have to put up with the consequences of such events their views should carry more weight than the they currently seem to. Lewisham Council should also make more effort to consult their Greenwich residents and Councillors in Blackheath Westcombe and Greenwich West ward”.