Community Risk Services are here to help

If your community group is planning on holding an event, it is important to ensure that you have event insurance in place to keep everyone involved safe.  Unforseen circumstances can ruin all the hard work and preparation that you have put into the event and could leave you financially worse off. Community Risk Services was set up specifically to provide insurance and risk management services to community organisations following requests from community groups themselves.  Formed from the expertise of the Risk and Insurance Team at Lambeth Council, Community Risk Services can help you navigate the often complex world of insurance and risk management. Community Risk Services operate on social enterprise principles and will be reinvesting a percentage of our profit back into community good causes (voted for by you). Our board of directors is made up from representatives from within the community and from Lambeth Council To get a quote today call 033 3344 7428 and our dedicated underwriting team can take you through just what your group needs to insure your event, without breaking the bank. For the full range of insurance policies provided by Community Risk Services why not visit our website – http://www.communityriskservices.com/insurance-services/...

Reinstatement update for Clapham Common Event Site Friday 9 September 2016

We want to provide an update to local park users and residents following the event site handover from the SW4 and House of Common events which were held on 27, 28 and 29 August 2016. The incredibly dry and warm weather for this bank Holiday weekend meant that damage onsite was limited to the heaviest footfall areas only. These were assessed with the Lambeth Parks team, Chair of the Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee, the event organiser and our reinstatement company on Friday 2 September and agreement on the levels of reinstatement had been reached. The planned reinstatement works will be as follows; the area in front of the main stage will be fertilised and reseeded. The fertiliser is being placed on the event site on Monday 12 September to prepare the ground for seeding. The timing for reseeding will be confirmed but should also take place during the week commencing the 12 September. While on site the reinstatement company will also assess the ground as the entire event site will be verti-drained using a tractor with special ground spiking equipment. The purpose of verti draining and spiking is considerable benefit in the opening up and de-compacting of the soil structure to allow oxygen in to feed the grass roots. This process is used pre and post event season to also provide a conduit for surface water to drain away faster. For more information on verti-draining please visit http://www.bourneamenitysport.com/verti-draining-spiking.html At the time of the assessment the warm weather meant the ground was too hard for verti-draining but this will be assessed and as soon as the ground is soft...

New Events Strategy 2016 – 2020 approved subject to recommendations

Dear Residents and Event Organisers, We are writing to advise you that the Council’s new Events Strategy 2016-2020 has been agreed subject to a number of recommendations about how the strategy should be implemented. Over the coming weeks we will be publishing the finalised Events Strategy with these recommendations and will set out how this will give the Council and local communities greater control over the scale and management of all events whilst ensuring a sustainable benefit to parks and local communities, in terms of income, resources and reputation. This strategy offers: Greater control of events at local level Increased revenue through a limited number of high quality major commercial events – up to eight days a year in five key zones across the borough Lambeth maintains its pioneering position of sharing events income with parks across the borough Updated Guidance for Control of Sound at Outdoor Events 2016 Support to local communities in better management and organisation of events Lambeth charities and community groups get 50% reduction on event costs Puts Lambeth on an equal footing in a highly competitive market Offers value for money for Lambeth residents Supports a diverse programme of events across Lambeth Maintains the annual Lambeth Country Show. On behalf of the London Borough of Lambeth and EventLambeth, we thank you for all your feedback, cooperation and support in helping us to develop the new Events Strategy. For more information on the Events Strategy 2016-2020 please see the cabinet report Yours faithfully, Lee Fiorentino Head of Events...

New Sound Guidance for Outdoor Events 2016

This is a blog post to advise you of the Council’s new Guidance for the Control of Sound at Outdoor Events, developed following the Culture 2020 public consultation which took place in January to April 2015. We have a number of questions that we would like you to consider. These are set out at the end of this post. Why are we altering the sound levels? Our new Events Strategy sets out the number of major event days we will have across Lambeth. We have split the borough into 5 zones and have allocated up to 8 major event days per zone. This does not mean these events will be loud but we do want to have a sound policy that is suitable. We are proposing to have the same sound levels as other places such as Hyde Park or Victoria Park. This means we can have events that will raise income for Lambeth that we can then use to reinvest into our open spaces. For instance a concert on Clapham Common has previously raised over a £100,000 that can then be reinvested into our local open spaces. However, these event organisers are going elsewhere and Lambeth is losing out on this income. So what is changing? The changes consulted on in the Culture 2020 public consultation were an increase to the decibel levels for the major event day’s only. All other days will have lower levels as decided on a case by case basis. These levels will be monitored by onsite professional sound acousticians and there will be easy ways to raise any issues about these events through online and...

Lambeth Cultural Services by 2020 – Have your say!

Cultural Services by 2020   Dear All,   A wide-ranging consultation on the future of cultural services in Lambeth is launched today and we want to give everyone the opportunity to express their opinion on the events,arts, parks, libraries and sports facilities.   The council is facing unprecedented cuts to its core funding and has to save £90 million by 2018. It means a saving of just over half of cultural services budget for 2013-14. With an anticipated population increase of more than 30,000 in the next ten years, we want to use our assets now to raise income that can be invested more widely for the future.   So, we’re proposing significant changes in how cultural services are provided in Lambeth, including Events and Parks.   We want to be more ambitious around generating income in our parks. We are consulting on a proposed events strategy to hold more events across the whole borough, bring our sound levels for events into line with the majority of London and bring a cultural festival to Lambeth.   Libraries, Arts and Sports services are also a part of the consultation.   We have had thousands of conversations with local people over the last few years which have helped shape the proposals put forward today. We want to continue to work with residents to make sure we find the best solutions to the challenges we face.   How to have your say   You can find the overview booklet, all documentation and a questionnaire online at www.lambeth.gov.uk/culture2020consultation and in all Lambeth libraries. The consultation will close at midnight on Friday 24 April 2015.  ...