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Finsbury Park festival campaigners pledge to fight on

Friends of Finsbury Park group ready to go to High Court for a second time after council agreed licensing conditions with Wireless organisers

11 January, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Friends of Finsbury Park campaigners Clive Carter and Tom Palin outside court

CAMPAIGNERS who are preparing to go to the High Court for a second time in a battle over a Finsbury Park music festival have warned: “The fight isn’t over.”

The Friends of Finsbury Park group said they were “disappointed” this week after Haringey Council and the organisers of the Wireless music festival agreed new licensing conditions, differing from those agreed at a marathon licensing meeting in October.

A magistrate at Highbury Corner was due to rule on Live Nation’s appeal against stricter sound limits and a half-hour earlier finishing time on the Sunday of the festival. But before the hearing, Haringey agreed a new set of noise conditions.

The lawyer representing the Friends group argued at the pre-hearing meeting on Tuesday that the full appeal hearing should take place so that his clients could have a say.

But District Judge Robin McPhee disagreed and in his concluding remarks accepted the new agreements.

“The event is a relevant, popular, well-hosted, marshalled and managed event with a promoting company who have worked well and continue to work well with the licensing and responsible authorities,” he said.

Campaigners have now said they are planning to go to the High Court to overturn the magistrate’s decision.

“It feels like a David versus Goliath battle but we fight on – it isn’t over,”said leading Friends campaigner Tom Palin.

Councillor Kirsten Hearn, Cabinet Member for Environment at Haringey, said: “We’re pleased Haringey will continue to play host to Wireless Festival – a world-class urban event that helps to fund the park the whole year round.”

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