Protests Start Against Royal Wedding Campsite on Clapham Common


'No one's been consulted,' says local councillor over plans to house 10,000 Will and Kate fans in tents

Protests Start Against Royal Wedding Campsite on Clapham Common.

THE WEIRD PLAN to turn Clapham Common into a giant campsite for Royal Wedding fans has run into trouble from local campaigners and politicians.

The idea from a company called Camp Royale is to house 10,000 celebrants of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding in tents at £75 per person for the three-day weekend that includes 29 April.

"I can't say I'm overly keen on the idea of a new 10,000 place campsite on my doorstep," said Councillor James Cousins.

"It could cause huge disruption to residents who don't seem to have been consulted at all."

Cousins is a councillor for the borough of Wandsworth, which covers only part of Clapham Common. The rest is controlled by Lambeth Council. There's nothing official from Lambeth yet, but the council appears warm to the plan.

"Clapham Common has staged a number of large scale events so this isn't a one off," said a spokesperson.

"We would ensure that council representatives are present to monitor the event."

But the local Friends of Clapham Common group, which has raised millions of pounds over the years to help improve the common, looks like lining up with Wandsworth over the issue.

"We don't think the common can take 10,000 campers for three days," said Melanie Oxley, FCC chair.

The wider context is that Lambeth Council has recently announced huge cuts to its services, including cuts to its parks budget. Renting out the common to private companies more often could be one way of raising some cash.

Hotels rooms far nearer than Clapham Common to the events of 29 April are still available; we've collected some of them together for those who fancy a special weekend in town.

But if a night under canvas at the Camp Royale still grabs your fancy you can always do it in style with a 18ft tipi. Labelled 'Camp Royale Glamping' the tipis sleep six and are yours for a cool £2,000.

Submitted by Neil Welton on Mon, 2011-03-14 20:46.

As I did say David, I knew it would not be long before someone moaned. In the past people would rejoice at the very thought that 10,000 people wanted to celebrate a Royal occasion. They'd view it as their patriotic duty to support such a celebration and The Royal Family. They would fall over themselves to make ensure that it happened by making donations or by giving their homes over to guests. They'd certainly not be seen moaning to the media about three days worth of inconvenience. The Camp is a great idea. I think it is great that 10,000 people want to come together en masse. You won't get that watching it at home or in the pub. In any case 10,000 people will not fit into Green Park. Those who disagree must hang their heads in shame - I just hope the Government gets round to scrapping councillors.

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2011-03-16 18:11.

Thank you for your comments. However, do you live in Clapham? I do and I am totally against the idea of 10,000 people decsending on my doorstep for 3 days. Also, the amount of damage this will cause to the common itself is quite worrying. This is not some field in the countryside. The local residents enjoy the open space of the common. Many do not have any outdoor space of their own. I have nothing against people wanting to celebrate the royal wedding, but not in my back yard! At the end of the day, somebody is only doing this to make money.

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 2011-04-27 17:45.

the only people I can think of that will make money beside the vendors, is Lambeth... they "own" the common. Commons being owned by the people - technically.

Submitted by David on Mon, 2011-03-14 16:42.

Moaners can be a pain, it's true, but it's interesting why you think this camp is a "great idea"?

If it was in Green Park, right next to the wedding procession route, I could see the point, but watching on a big screen miles away?

You'll see it better on your TV at home, or in the pub if you want some atmosphere.

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