Lambeth Council has rejected an application for Brixton Splash 2016 because of concerns over public safety. In a post on the Lambeth News blog, the council announced its decision to cancel the event, which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year.
“Sadly, last year’s event became a victim of its own success and we need to pause it for this year, let the community take it back to its roots as a safe, fun event for everyone with professional organisation,” said a Lambeth spokesperson.
“Road closures, a lack of stewards and inadequate crowd control have added to a sense from local people that the event is too big, too uncontrolled and potentially dangerous.”
According to the blog post, more than 900 police officers were deployed at a cost of around £500,000 at the last Brixton Splash, and there were 40 arrests, 1 gun seized, 12 thefts, 9 thefts in person, 1 Actual Bodily Harm and 1 common assault.
Ros Griffiths, who helped to set up the street festival in 2006, said: “The community needs to reclaim this as a celebration of Brixton, not a free for all that creates chaos, mess and unease. I hope local people and businesses will rise to that challenge and get involved with planning Brixton Splash for 2017 that can once again be a safe, fun and genuine community event. We want to make the community and partners proud to be a part of Splash Brixton going forward”.