Formula E in Battersea Park

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2082
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In light of the considerable local opposition to the Formula E racing event held in Battersea Park, and the one year break clause in the contract with Wandsworth Council, will you explore alternative venues in London with the organisers and councils for future events? For example, Crystal Palace Park has a long history of hosting motor racing events and may be a more suitable location.

Answer

Answer for Formula E in Battersea Park

Answer for Formula E in Battersea Park

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I was very pleased that the final race weekend of the Formula E Championship took place in London. The event was a great success and over 40,000 spectators came to Battersea Park to watch the thrilling conclusion to the Championship, providing a great boost for the local area. I am aware that there was some local opposition to the hosting of the event, LB Wandsworth, Formula E and my staff have worked closely with Heritage Lottery Fund to ensure risk of damage to the park was mitigated. The build and de-rig for the vent was kept to an absolute minimum and parts of the park remained open to local residents throughout.

I fully appreciate that not everyone will like this event or any event for that matter, but such events generate much needed revenue for the upkeep and development of our parks and green spaces. I look forward to Formula E returning to London next year.