Local MP ‘deeply concerned’ about Clapham Common Royal Wedding campsite

Chuka Umunna MP has raised concerns about a proposed event due to take place on Clapham Common to coincide with the Royal Wedding on April 29 and has questioned whether it should go ahead.

Camp Royale plans to turn Clapham Common into a campsite for those celebrating Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton and to broadcast the event on giant screens, with capacity for 10,000 people.

Although one-day festivals take place annually on Clapham Common such as Ben and Jerries’ Summer Sundae and Get Loaded on the Common, but a three-day event with camping is unprecedented on the public open space.

Half of Clapham Common, including the site where the event is due to take place, is within Mr Umunna’s Streatham constituency. Mr Umunna has been contacted by constituents who are concerned about the impact of the proposed event.

Mr Umunna has registered his concerns with Lambeth council and will continue to keep his constituents informed on this issue.

Commenting, Mr Umunna said:

“I was delighted when I heard the happy news about Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton and will be celebrating their wedding day as will many of my constituents, but I have deep reservations about this event and have already been contacted by concerned local residents about it.

“It is quite unprecedented for something on this scale to take place over three days on our Common, with people camping on it for the duration – we do not want to see Clapham Common turned into a Glastonbury style venue – albeit slightly posher – with all that would involve and the inevitable disruption to the daily lives of my constituents.”