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Neighbours 'horrified' Chase Green in Chase Side could become entertainment venue
Neighbours are “horrified” Enfield Borough Council has applied for a licence to host events on Chase Green.
The proposals, if approved, would convert the quiet park into an entertainment venue which could host events between 7am and 11pm every day.
Brian Macdonald, 76, and Ruth Hanchett, 72, of Chase Green Avenue in Chase Side which overlooks the park strongly object the proposals.
They are concerned about the noise which could bellow from the events as well as from generators which they believe could run 24-hours a day.
Mr Macdonald, who has lived in his home for 46 years, said: “We were obviously horrified when we saw this proposal – we kept the notice and I looked on the website to find out what this was about.
“It is very difficult to find on the website, as it was in the licensing section, not planning, but it was devastating to find out what they are proposing.
“You can’t imagine the noise that would be generated by the music.”
The council approached fun ground company Mannings about the possibility of running a fair on the green in the run up to Christmas.
The company rejected the offer, believing they would not make enough money as it is too far from shops.
Mr Macdonald stumbled across the regulated entertainment notice when walking through the park on Saturday, October 6.
He is concerned that people only have until Sunday, November 4, to address the council about the proposals.
The pair are also worried that the war memorial in the park could become damaged as a result of large amounts of people using the green as a venue.
The 76-year-old said: “People play football on the green and fly kites and all the things that people do in a quiet recreational way. I partly agree with what the council is doing but not on the Chase.”
Mr Macdonald and Ms Hanchett have taken the matter into their own hands and have given out 250 leaflets to people living near-by, urging them to oppose the council’s plans.
Ms Hanchett said: “I would say that one thing that has really shocked and frightened people is that what they say they are applying for is completely open and there could be 24-hour generators.
“There is not enough trust that it will be properly regulated.”
She said the park is a “key part” of the council’s Conservation Area Management Proposals which aim to enhance and preserve The Town.
She claims if the plans are waived through it will lead to the degradation and damage of the park.
She has also objected on public nuisance and safety grounds, believing the noise could “cause severe and constant stress and nuisance” to anyone living within 2,000 metres of the green.
However, a council statement insists the green would only ever be used occasionally as an entertainment venue.
It said: “We want to use 20 of our parks and open spaces as occasional entertainment venues to attract people into Enfield and provide diverse, stimulating and entertaining events for young and old alike in a safe and controlled environment.
"These proposals are very much about enabling occasional events to take place rather than putting on regular events and we are not applying for an alcohol licence.”
According to the council, if the plans are approved by the licensing sub-committee, each event would need further permission from the council before it took place.
It said it would “ensure” all scheduled activities are properly managed and did not have a “detrimental effect” on the people living nearby.
The statement said: "We have no intention of holding any events anywhere near the war memorial and we'd encourage residents to have their say on these proposals prior to the item appearing before the licensing sub-committee."