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To: Islington Council and bosses of Clerkenwell Design Week

Save Spa Fields park from Clerkenwell Design Week

Save Spa Fields park from Clerkenwell Design Week

Stop bringing the Clerkenwell Design week to the park. Move it to a building nearby.

Why is this important?

Every spring the Clerkenwell Design Festival build a huge two story building in the park that stops anyone from being able to use it. It takes up the whole space of Spa Fields for weeks and takes public space away from people.

It stops people from enjoying the park - from taking lunch to walking their dogs to talking to friends. It kills the grass for the whole of the summer, after taxpayers' money is spent making it lush and green. It's privatising the park - turning an important public asset into a money-making event for businesses. It's not what our park is for, and there is no reason the festival should take up the space in the park at all.

The Design Week website says the park will showcase "leading furniture, lighting and product design from around the world." How many people in the local area will this actually be accessible to? Especially if it takes a beautiful public space away.

Please sign the petition to pressure the council and festival bosses to move out of the park!

Clerkenwell, London

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Reasons for signing

  • I agree, if it’s a public space it should be a freely accessible event, otherwise they should pay for the BDC like everyone else
  • I don't want to be a kill joy but this does nothing for the local people and is excluding of others. If they want to use the park it should be free and open to all


2020-02-14 10:00:58 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-02-13 16:13:06 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-02-12 20:21:05 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-02-12 14:10:41 +0000

This is a public space that is being privatised for the duration of summer - which is the time when people can get the most use out of it. For an event like this, hire a venue, don't trash our grass!

2020-02-12 14:00:19 +0000

10 signatures reached