Chiswick Area Forum to focus on events at Gunnersbury Park

Image above: Chiswick Town Hall – venue of Chiswick Area Forum

Next Chiswick Area Forum is Tuesday 20 June

As Gunnersbury Park’s festival season starts, the next Chiswick Area Forum, the first of the new council year, will give residents the chance to hear about policies and practices that have been put in place to manage the impact of Gunnersbury Park festivals on locals – and ask questions about their experiences and concerns for this year.

The forum will begin next Tuesday (20 June) at 7.30pm formally, with an informal meeting with tea, coffee, sandwiches and stalls beginning an hour earlier at 6.30pm.

The agenda also includes a report from the police, a short update on the e-bike scheme, a presentation on Hounslow council’s thriving communities fund and, as usual, the public forum during which residents can raise questions on any topic.

The session on festivals will start with presentations from David Bowler, CEO of the Gunnersbury Estate CIC (community interest company), followed by Victoria Wallas, Hounslow’s assistant director of community enforcement and regulatory services including licensing.

The forum will then hear from Peter Robertson, a local resident and music festivals organiser who produced a report last year on the way sound travels and the behaviour of festival promoters, which caught the attention of Gunnersbury Park CIC and Hounslow’s enforcement team.

Local police sergeant Jim Cope will provide an update about community safety and his team’s response to the current spate of break-ins and car thefts.

Residents are invited to raise any other subjects during the open forum.

Image above: Chiswick councillors Amy Croft (left – Labour), Gabriella Giles (centre – Conservative) and Joanna Biddolph (right – Conservative) at a recent area forum; Photograph Yagnesh Nakarja LB Hounslow

Complaints about “disruptive” events must be addressed, say councillors

“With the start of Hounslow’s Summer of Culture outdoor events, I wanted to give residents and businesses the opportunity to share their views,” said Cllr Councillor Gabriella Giles, this year’s chairman of the Chiswick Area Forum and Conservative councillor for Chiswick Riverside ward.

“Although last year’s Gunnersbury Park festivals resulted in the most complaints, from residents throughout Chiswick and from further away too, I know that others were disturbed by events elsewhere such as in Chiswick House and Kew Gardens.

“After so many disruptive events, and with residents’ complaints so often ignored, we need to know the specifics of what will be done.”

Cllr Joanna Biddolph, vice-chairman of the Chiswick Area Forum and Conservative councillor for Chiswick Gunnersbury ward said:

“Last year resulted in a huge number of complaints about festivals, particularly Waterworks. Comments were far stronger; there were many more of them; and they came from a much wider geographical area.

“With Waterworks specifically, complaints were not only about decibel levels but also about the booming bass which made houses shake and windows and doors rattle. Waterworks is coming back this year and there must not be a repeat of last year, or for the same to happen at new festivals.

“The majority of residents understand that festivals, circuses and other events are needed to bring in income to maintain and improve our public parks and gardens. There must, however, be a significant shift towards respecting locals, and recognition that these events take place in a local community.”


6.30pm Informal networking, stalls about various services, sandwiches, coffee/tea

7.30pm Formal meeting starts

E-Bikes update

Police and the community safety team reports

Thriving Communities Fund presentation

Gunnersbury Park: Managing the Impact of Events

Open Forum