Money received for use of the parks during the Olympics

David Quainton made this Freedom of Information request to The Royal Parks

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Dear Royal Parks Agency,

There are many Royal Parks being used for various activities during the Olympics. For official sporting and non-sporting events (concerts, etc) have they been paid for the usage of the space, how much and by whom?

Yours faithfully,
David Quainton

Peter Lewis,

Dear Mr Quainton,

 

Thank you for your enquiry by email dated 23 March 2012 under The Freedom
of Information Act  2000.

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Your enquiry is being dealt with and The Royal Parks will aim to reply to
your enquiry within 20  working days, commencing  from 26 March 2012, the
day after receipt.                

 

If you have any questions pertaining to this enquiry or require further
assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. My contact details are
listed below.

 

Regards

 

Peter Lewis

 

Peter Lewis | Records Officer | 0300 061 2002 | Fax: 020 7298 2005 |
[email address]
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Peter Lewis,

ENQ12/16

 

Dear Mr Quainton,

 

Thank you for your email of 23^rd March 2012. Your enquiry is being dealt
with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

The Royal Parks is hosting eleven sporting events as part of the London
2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across its parks. Further detail can be
found on our website: [1]http://www.royalparks.org.uk/london-2012

 

You have asked whether The Royal Parks has been paid for usage of space in
the parks during the Games for sporting and non-sporting purposes, and if
so how much and by whom.  You have asked for the quantity of each payment,
and we understand you are asking for information on a rental fee to be
paid for usage of the space.  While your request refers to past payment,
we understand you are asking for information on arrangements where payment
has yet to be made. 

 

In respect of the parks hosting sporting competitions as part of the
London 2012 Games, The Royal Parks is not being paid a rental fee for
usage of the space, consistent with the commitment in the London 2012
Candidate File of 2004 which stated that:”All public sport and non-sport
venues required for the Games will be made available to LOCOG either free
of charge or at a rental cost to be pre-approved by the IOC”.   

 

Hyde Park is hosting BT London Live Hyde Park during the Olympic Games and
the Torch Relay celebrations on the 26^th July. The Royal Parks has not
yet been paid for usage of the space, but will receive a rental fee from
Live Nation for its occupation of the site during the summer to host the
summer concert series, followed by the Torch Relay and BT London Live, but
not a separate fee for each.  Access for visitors to BT London Live during
the Olympic Games (28th July to 11th August [inc]) is free of charge:
[2]http://www.royalparks.org.uk/press/press...

 

Kensington Gardens is hosting Africa Village and The Royal Parks has not
yet been paid for usage of the space, but will receive a rental fee for
this:

[3]http://www.royalparks.org.uk/press/partn...

 

 In respect of the rental fee paid to The Royal Parks for usage of these
two spaces, I can confirm that the Royal Parks holds this information. The
information is exempt under section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act
because disclosure of the fees would prejudice the Agency’s commercial
interests.  The basis for this is as follows. Disclosure of the
information would prejudice The Royal Parks’ commercial interests by
adversely affecting our bargaining position during future contractual
negotiations for events. It would allow the Agency’s competitors to see
what fees we charge event organisers and to undercut them, putting the
Agency at a disadvantage in what is a competitive venue market. This is
particularly relevant as the Agency competes with a range of other
private, commercial venue operators who are not subject to the Act (for
example, Earls Court, Olympia, AEG (operator of the O2), ExCel London
etc). As this type of revenue represents an increasing proportion of its
overall income as the level of Grant-in-Aid it receives from DCMS
decreases each year, it is increasingly important for the Agency to
protect its ability to generate income from events. If the Agency lost
events revenue either by losing events to other venue operators or by fees
being driven down by other venue operators trying to undercut our fees, we
could not continue to drive value for money from our events programme
which would undermine the Agency’s ability to fulfil its role.

 

Section 43 of the Act is a qualified exemption and we have therefore
considered whether, in all the circumstances of the case, the public
interest in maintaining that exemption outweighs the public interest in
disclosing the information.  We have concluded that it does. In reaching
this conclusion we considered the general public interests in transparency
and accountability in relation to the activities of public bodies.  We
also considered public interest in the proper scrutiny of public bodies’
activities and the significant and legitimate public interest in
information about activities that take place in Royal Parks. Against those
matters we weighed the strong public interest in protecting the Agency
from commercial prejudice. Disclosure of the information would provide
competitor venues with a commercial advantage as they would know what fees
the Agency has charged and undercut them in future. The Agency is, in
part, funded by the tax payer; it is therefore clearly in the public
interest to protect the Agency’s ability to achieve the best possible
money in the expenditure of public funds.

 

As I have said, taking all of these matters into account, we concluded
that the public interest in maintaining the exemption in section 43 in
relation to information requested outweighs the public interest in full
disclosure of the information. However, in the interests of public
transparency, we can confirm that rental fees we will be paid for the two
events above are in the following ranges:

 

o Live Nation – for Summer Concert Series, followed by London Live: fee
code 7
o Africa House: fee code 5

 

In accordance with the following fee codes: 

Fee code 1: up to £10K

Fee code 2: £10k - £50K

Fee code 3: £50K - £100K

Fee code 4: £100K - £200K

Fee code 5: £200K - £500K

Fee code 6: £500K - £1m

Fee code 7: over £1m

 

Hyde Park is also hosting a London 2012 shop and Kensington Gardens is
hosting Sochi World.  We do not hold the information you request as we are
still in contract negotiations for these events.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Peter Lewis | Records Officer | 0300 061 2002 | Fax: 020 7298 2005 |
[email address]
[6]www.royalparks.org.uk | The Old Police House | Hyde Park | London | W2
2UH

 

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