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Primrose Hill park gates to remain in place for at least a month

Anti-social behaviour complaints led to lock-up

13 November, 2021 — By Harry Taylor

THE Royal Parks has added another extension to when night-time gates could be removed from Primrose Hill, saying they will now stay in place until at least the end of this month.

Now into the sixth month, the authority that looks after the 62.2-acre park says it is reviewing “the latest data and information” ahead of taking a decision later this month on closures.

It added that antisocial behaviour has reduced, which has tallied with reports seen and heard by neighbours living near the parks in recent months.

Gates were introduced after reports of parties, noise and antisocial behaviour during lockdown last year, which rose to a crescendo during Easter weekend in early April.

They were installed late the following month, blocking entrances and exits on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

The reopening of venues was one of the factors behind the problem broadly lessening over the summer, with colder nights also now deterring people from gathering on the hill.

Bonfire Night last week saw hundreds cleared from the hill, as they have been in previous years, and left to filter back home through the streets of Primrose Hill. It was thought that the gates would originally be in place until the end of August, before a decision to keep them until the start of November, and now the beginning of December.

Amy McKeown, who is part of the Primrose Hill Keepers group said: “It was supposed to be August 31 when it all started, and slowly it’s been extended and dragged on.

“They are closing the park when there are only eight people on it. There is no antisocial behaviour compared to before. We don’t know who is taking these decisions, or what they’re based on, and we feel like we don’t have a voice in this process.”

A Royal Parks spokesperson said: “It is important that we do all we can to keep Primrose Hill an enjoyable environment for all. We will continue to monitor the situation and, as always, we urge all visitors to be mindful of others and to respect the park and local residents.”

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