rave on land opposite Arkley Park

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


There was yet another illegal rave on the vacant land opposite Arkley Park, Stirling Corner  on the weekend of 27th September  from Saturday midnight until early Sunday morning. The police did not  show up to stop the rave, despite many phone calls from  many  residents on Arkley Park.  This isn't the first time this has happened. Is the failure of the police to attend yet another example of just how stretched they are, due to your cuts? If not , then why did they  not turn up?


Answer for rave on land opposite Arkley Park

Answer for rave on land opposite Arkley Park

Answered By: 
The Mayor

These events usually take place with very little notice making them to be difficult to police with Emergency Response Policing Team resources. When the MPS get advance notice, they work proactively to stop events before they start. The intelligence is explored and discussed at Borough management meetings every day. Once events are established, however, it can be very difficult to shut them down in a manner consistent with public safety. This area was therefore directed to be dealt with by way of a Problem Solving Plan for Neighbourhood Policing Teams, so that a longer term solution can be identified and a policy or process put in place to provide phone numbers/owner information etc. We have now identified the landowner and confirmed that the persons involved were on the land without permission. The owners have agreed to put on site security in place over the weekend to prevent access and notify police if people begin to assemble.