Wealthy residents around Primrose Hill have demanded that the Victorian park be fenced off to stop ‘noisy bastards’ and take over at night for loud parties.
Locals who live a stone’s throw from the Grade II listed public park – which first opened to the public in 1842 – suffer from nighttime gatherings near their homes, selling for an average of £ 1.2 million.
At a public rally this week, calls were made to fence off the 62-acre North London park to prevent people from entering – which would cost around £ 300,000.
Locals in the area, where single bed houses are selling for £ 500,000 and detached properties start at around £ 2 million – let’s just say they’re tired of putting up with the uproar.
The parties have been compared to something from ‘the Wild West’, with hundreds of people coming to parties without a permit, where residents claim there was blaring music, drunkenness, drug deal, fights and shouting at ‘all hours’.
The locals around Primrose Hill have likened late night parties to the ‘Wild West’ and claim there is blaring music, drunkenness, drug deal, fights and shouting at ‘all hours’
The director of the Royal Parks, Nick Biddle, was even called upon to allay residents’ concerns during a hastily convened meeting on Monday.
Cllr Patricia Callaghan, the Primrose Hill Ward Labor Councilor, said: ‘Many of us have campaigned against that idea (of having gates) in the past, but times have changed.
“Seeing what is happening now, and in the belief that it will only get worse as we head into the summer, we feel the need for gates to be installed.”
She added, “Our concern is that in addition to the residents’ constant lack of sleep, it is only a matter of time before anyone up there is seriously injured.”
Locals held a rally on Monday to talk about curbing nighttime parties by putting a fence around the Victorian park after young people gathered overnight
Police have filed numerous complaints from locals – many say the parties start just after 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – often with cars pumping loud music as they drive the bashes.
63-year-old local Sue Johnson told the Camden New Journal this week that the situation was “unbearable.”
She said, ‘When the police come, the sound systems are turned off and they sit there quietly, or leave and gather on the street again before going back in after the police leave.
“It drives me crazy * I’ve lived here for over 35 years and it used to be safe, but now it’s not very pleasant.”
Councilor Oliver Cooper, leader of the Conservative Party of Camden, told the gathering: ‘It is clear that people who gather in the park have a complete sense of impunity. People not only violate Covid regulations, but cause fights and drug dealing in the open.
Nick Biddle, the director of Royal Parks, said the issue of placing gates in the 19th-century park is now being considered after complaints from locals
Primrose Hill is advertised on social media as the place to go if you don’t want to be disturbed by the police. It’s like the Wild West at night. ‘
Another local, Samuel Beech, said: ‘You can hear the rave music blaring as soon as they arrive in their horrible cars.
Then they just go into the park and start playing their boomboxes at deafening levels – they’re all kinds of things there and I’m not sure even a fence would keep them out.
“They have to cross the road and go to London Zoo, where they belong.”
Local Sue Johnson, 63, told the Camden New Journal this week that the situation was “ unbearable. ”
Police inspector Richard Berns said, “Do I think gates would solve the problem? Yes. But I think park users should weigh that up against their freedom to use the park whenever they want.
“And it’s just not a good use of police resources to have agents on the hill 24/7.”
“These aren’t groups of criminal gangs we’re talking about, they’re just people, maybe drinking and with sound equipment, but unfortunately large gatherings tend to attract more unsavory people and antisocial behavior.”
Nick Biddle, the director of Royal Parks, said that consideration is now being given to installing gates, adding: ‘The park has been open all night for over 50 years and has had relatively little noise from the public during that time .
The current bad behavior is completely unacceptable and is almost certainly caused by lockdown. We welcome the work of the police to enforce the law and deal with offenders.
“We sincerely hope that now that the restrictions of the coronavirus are relaxed, we will see the park return to normal.”