Dear Haringey Borough Council,

Damage to Finsbury Park from Events: Deposits taken and related matters
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Please supply an account of deposits taken from promoters of events in Finsbury Park since the Major Events policy began operating in the summer of 2014, together with a general description of the damage: both expected and experienced.

1. How much has the council spent on reparatory works over the last six years?
2. If there was any such expenditure, were these costs met from Events income?
3. In respect of *each* of the following financial years:

(a) 2014/15
(b) 2015/16
(c) 2016/17
(d) 2017/18
(e) 2018/19
(f) 2019/20 (to date)

… please state:

4. For that financial year, what was the amount of the damage deposit set and received;
5. For that financial year, what was the total value, as assessed by the Council, of the actual damage subsequent to the event;
6. For that financial year, what was the total amount refunded (if any) from the damage deposit to the Event Promoter;
7. For that financial year, if the total value of the assessed damage exceeded the deposit taken, what amounts above the deposit were sought from and paid by the promoter?
8. For that financial year, if any excess amount was requested from the promoter, did the promoter decline to pay?
9. For that financial year, if the total value of the assessed damage exceeded the deposit taken and either the Promoter refused to pay or the excess was either not sought from the Promoter, what amounts above the deposit were paid for out of council funds?
10. Generally speaking, what kind of damage to Finsbury Park is expected by the council following events or Major Events?
11. Has consideration been given to increasing the amount of future Damage Deposits, in line with the council's experience of the value of actual damage suffered by the park in the previous financial year?

Please answer each question separately.

Thank you,

Yours faithfully,

Clive Carter

Dear Haringey Borough Council,

In question nine, the second "either" should not appear. It is more clearly rendered thus:

9. For that financial year, IF the total value of the assessed damage exceeded the deposit taken AND, the Promoter refused to pay OR the excess was not sought from the Promoter, THEN what amounts for damage repairs above the deposit were paid for out of council funds?

As with the other questions, number nine applies to each of the six financial years quoted.

Please revert if anything above, or anything else, is unclear.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Clive Carter

Haringey Borough Council

Dear Mr Carter

 

Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations Request:
LBH/9226919

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 10 October 20119,
and clarification of 11 October.

 

This information request will be dealt with in accordance with the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations and we
will send the response by 07 November 2019

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Carter

 

Freedom of Information Act Request: LBH/9226919

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 10 October 2019, in
which you ask several questions relating to ‘damage to Finsbury Park from
events: deposits taken and related matters’.

 

Responses to your questions are below:

 

 1. How much has the council spent on reparatory works over the last six
years?

£95,846.84

 

 2. If there was any such expenditure, were these costs met from Events
income?

If damage was caused by a park hirer, then the cost of any repair would
have been met by the hirer as set out in the terms and conditions of park
hire. In addition to reparation costs following events, the council also
spends money on general maintenance within the park. All costs are paid
for by event income.

 

 3. In respect of *each* of the following financial years: (a) 2014/15,
(b) 2015/16, (c) 2016/17, (d) 2017/18, (e) 2018/19, (f) 2019/20 please
state:
 4. The amount of the damage deposit set and received
 5. What was the total value, as assessed by the Council, of the actual
damage subsequent to the event?
 6. What was the total amount refunded (if any) from the damage deposit to
the event promoter?
 7. If the total value of the assessed damage exceeded the deposit taken,
what amounts above the deposit were sought from and paid by the
promoter?
 8. If any excess amount was requested from the promoter, did the promoter
decline to pay?

 

 9. If the total value of the assessed damage exceeded the deposit taken
and either the Promoter refused to pay of the excess was either not
sought from the Promoter, what amounts above the deposit were paid for
out of council funds?

Please see response already provided at question 2.

 

10. Generally speaking, what kind of damage to Finsbury Park is expected
by the council following events or Major events?

The council accepts that there is always a risk of some kind of damage
occurring when heavy traffic is traversing through the park, or there is
an increase in footfall during a confined period. The risk of damage is
mitigated through various methods put in place by the event organiser,
such as trackway and floor coverings, but weather and ground conditions
will always be a factor both during an event, and build and break periods
and can impinge on rectification works being carried out.

 

11. Has consideration been given to increasing the amount of future Damage
Deposits, in line with the council’s experience of the value of actual
damage suffered by the park in the previous financial year?

In 2017/18 the damage deposit was increased for ‘major’ events, following
evidence gathered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee review of the
Outdoor Events Policy. The Council’s Cabinet subsequently accepted this
recommendation, which led to the deposit for ‘major’ events being
increased from £10,000 to £15,000.

 

However, in both the Council’s standard terms and conditions and the Park
Hire Contract entered into by ‘major’ event promoters, there are
conditions setting out that the hirer is liable to pay for all additional
costs above that of any damage deposit received.

 

If you are unhappy with how we have responded to your request, you can ask
us to conduct an internal Review. If so, please contact the [1]Feedback
and Information Team. Please note you should do so within two months of
this response.

 

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Jones

 

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