Local residents to be offered free tickets to Formula E

Published: Thursday 21st May 15

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Battersea Park next month to witness London’s inaugural Formula E race weekend.

And they will be joined by 2,000 local residents who are to be given free tickets to watch these state-of-the-art electric racing cars compete on a 1.8 mile circuit that uses the park’s existing perimeter road.  

Formula E is coming to Battersea Park

These 2,000 complimentary tickets will be offered to residents who live near the park, including those from the Doddington, Ethelburga and Latchmere housing estates, and also to pupils who attend schools in the area, members of local amenity groups and some Battersea-based charities.

London’s two races will be held on the weekend of June 27 and 28 and mark the climax of the current Formula E championship season, which has seen the drivers compete in Berlin, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Miami and Monaco.

The racing cars use cutting edge electric motors that produce virtually no noise and no harmful emissions. A full speed test drive using a fully-fledged Formula E race car took place in the park at 5am one morning last August and went completely unnoticed – including by those living just yards away.

The council is keen to give its backing to the emerging electric car technology that Formula E is helping develop. It also wants to do what it can to support the globally important British motor racing industry that generates thousands of jobs in the UK’s engineering sector

Staging the London races in Battersea Park means that over the next five years an estimated £1m will be available to fund improvements to the park and pay its ongoing maintenance costs. In addition the race organisers have funded the resurfacing of the previously uneven and rutted Rosary car park and repaired other carriageway defects.

Councillors only gave the event the green light after hearing that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had agreed that the park was a suitable venue because its important historical features would not be damaged or compromised. Approval from the HLF was a key consideration because it paid for an extensive range of improvements to Battersea Park between 1998 and 2003.

Councillors have also decided that a section of the park must be kept open for non-ticket holders – so that local people who have no interest in the races but want to visit the park that weekend can still do so.

The council’s environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We believe this will be a great sporting event and we want the maximum number of local people to attend and enjoy this historic occasion. To help ensure this happens we have secured 2,000 free tickets that we will be offering to local residents and children at schools in this part of the borough.

“Battersea will be hosting a major global sporting event and I am sure that many people living locally will be thrilled at the prospect of watching these exciting racing cars in action.

“What is of paramount importance is ensuring that nothing is done that causes harm or damage to the park and its historical features. This was a red line for us and one we have adhered to strictly. 

“We have also kept open two sections of the park so that that dog walkers, joggers, strollers and other park users will still be able to visit while the races are on.

“And at a time when local authority budgets are under extreme pressure and other councils are having to drastically reduce their parks maintenance budgets, we have secured investment which will ensure that Battersea Park continues to receive significant funding in the years ahead.”

The race organisers have an action plan in place for the speedy installation and removal of its infrastructure. This process should only take a few days and the park will remain open to the public throughout.

For more information about Formula E, including updates on this year’s championship and details of how to purchase tickets for the London races, visit http://www.fiaformulae.com/

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Recent comments

my sons go to chesterton primary school which is the closest to battersea park. i asked if they had received any tickets i was informed they had not i live on latchmere estate they go 10 pairs of tickets to be shared between around 800 flats this is a joke.
dean seppings

26 June 2015

Please can you kindly send me 3 free tickets for the motor racing this weekend so can attend together with my 3 grand-children. Kind regards for your prompt attention.
Jenneh Duwai

25 June 2015

yeah no need there is enough noise and pollution in the area without the noise and pollution from formula e thanks. ummm
bob thicke

24 June 2015

The councillor in charge of this event (environmental vandalism!) is Jonathan Cook. Please write to him, I have on: - jonathancook@wandsworth.gov.uk
John

24 June 2015

Could Wandsworth provide some tickets for Battersea Tenant's Co-Operative? We'd be very grateful! Thank you BTC
Daniel Studholme

24 June 2015

The disruption to the park is unacceptable and the set up has been over nearly 2 weeks. The park is a public space and this does not serve the public. I would like there to be a local residents vote as to whether it should continue next year. The £1million pounds promised is how much of the total profit from the scheme? The tickets promised have not arrived in the numbers . The qukc set up "takes a few days" is a lie and yet again the public and local residents are expected to just accept the unacceptable.. I live on the Ethleburga and knew nothing about this until a small sign was put up on the park gates, so my opportunity to object was denied.
emma buckley

23 June 2015

That this public space can be taken over by a commercial venture of this dangerous, destructive and noisy nature beggars belief. Even the contractors in their fork lifts and cone transporting vehicles think they are racing. If some park user, their child or dog is not hurt it will be a miracle, such is their arrogance towards the general public. We locals need the refuge provided by our open spaces often on a daily basis. To damage this space as it obvious to see and take it out of use (even now it is frightening to visit) is inexcusable. Please residents petition, complain and lobby to prevent this ever happening again.
Charlotte Morrison

19 June 2015

I would dearly love to attend the formula e racing in batersea park how do I get tickets for me and my grandson ?? Could you e-mail me with the info please
Paul Radford

18 June 2015

We live right in front of the park. We are extremely upset about the huge amount of noise, traffic and pollution that is currently generated by the works in the park to prepare for this non-event. We are unable to walk along our usual routes, which are all barred by huge concrete blocks and metal fencing. And this has been going on for weeks already, all for a couple of days of entertainment for people who do not live anywhere in the area. We do not think that this is an event that should be permitted by the Council without any consultation whatsoever. Please do not allow this to take place ever again! Dr I de Zoysa
Isabelle de Zoysa

18 June 2015

Good point on JE whom I will contact. But this you couldn't make up - they are relocating the animals from BP zoo! That will cost some.
John

18 June 2015

Jane Ellison has been so low profile on thos as to be non-existent. Don't expect any help from her she wont come out and say what she thinks due to party politics. Jane is a Junior Health Minister what about the park being used for what it is meant for, physical and mental health. By not taking a firm line she is being ineffectual on this and needs at this important time to show some mettle and represent her constituents not fight shy of the whole issue.
DDave

18 June 2015

The Council have voted in favour of the big money men of motor racing and restricted/denied access to residents over a 2 week peak summer time, and that greenery is all many residents have. This Council's mandate is from local voters, the majority of whom oppose this event. I urge everyone who shares a similar view to contact Jane Ellison, our MP, who works for all her constituents irrespective of their politics in contrast to WBC here. These motor money men must think they have a great deal for £1 million! WBC, however, need to tell us how much was the full cost of the Council's time in this planning process. I would bet it was significantly higher than £1 million and the opportunity cost of not spending time on local people! SCANDALOUS
John

18 June 2015

The residents and taxpayers have been stitched up by this Council having money waved and dealing with professionals at arbitraging the planning process to make money. Alejandro Aga, a former Spanish politician and private money manager is a mate of Bernie Ecclestone and probably BoJo too! Given the bad will WBC have created with local residents and tax payers, the decent thing they now have to do is not to extend the option for another 4 years. People in flats and all, have been deprived of their park in peak summer time by an expensive minority sport. This Park never was a race track - this is environmental vandalism. Let's put maximum pressure on these councillor to perform for us locals. They are being watched!
John

18 June 2015

It is hard to think of a more inappropriate use for Battersea Park . Thousands of tons of concrete blocks & metal fencing - 3 weeks of disruption - for......2 races . You know that Britain actually has some proper race circuits ?!! Brands Hatch, Donnington, Silverstone etc which have been built just for this purpose, that don't severely impact on the lives of 1000s of people who live nearby . This is plainly not what the park was intended for but if it was a 2 day affair maybe you could forgive the council snapping up the filthy lucre but the place already looks a complete mess with concrete blocks lying about like an unfinished Spanish resort and there's still 10 days to go . Oh and I live 250 metres away, where's my free tickets !!!!!
David Gregory

17 June 2015

so more noise than a regular car is in counciĺs PR speak ' virtually no noise'. Is Wandsworth run by estate agents?
J

17 June 2015

Hello I live at 18 Park Mansion Prince of Wales Dr. Do you have 4 tickets available? Thank you Inez Wynne
Inez Wynne

17 June 2015

I would like 2 tickets as my son works for thrive in battersea park. he has worked there voluntry for 6 years. he would love to see the race but we cannot afford to buy them .
Diana divall

16 June 2015

Hello, I live near Battersea Park and would like to apply for the free tickets for Formula E on Saturday 27th. Would you be so kind and directed me who i should contact. Many thanks, Marek
Marek Dutka

16 June 2015

It's not just disruption for a weekend it has taken weeks for the infrastructure to go in and the heavy duty eyesores are just beginning. To hold this event in the height of summer when the park is most used and to then shut it to the public for four days unless you pay to go in is just not acceptable and especially not to most of the residents I talk to. Ironic that a 'city farm' has just been opened up in Liverpool St area so local children who never get out to the countryside can have experience of something other than buildings and cars and Wandsworth Council sees fit to turn our Grade 11 listed park into a racetrack. Who is really going to gain from this and when will we see the accounts. The insurance must be astronomical.
Judith Rowe

14 June 2015

http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/guide/car.aspx?page=1335 Formula E knows that the noise of any racing car is very important to its fans, which is why the sound of the new Spark-Renault SRT_01E will be one of the championship's most unique and exciting features. Contrary to popular belief, the Formula E cars are far from silent producing a modern, futuristic sound, combined with the fusion of the tyres on the track, the car's aero package and the electric drivetrain itself. At high speed the sound produced by one SRT_01E will be approximately 80 decibels, more than an average petrol road car which produces around 70db.
Celia Blair

8 June 2015

A little rational and common sense thinking Gill let's hope it's catching!
John

6 June 2015

With 250,000 miles of road space in Great Britain why hold this event in a park? Our parks should be car free zones and sacrosanct. Some say, 'it is only for a weekend' but our much treasured peaceful parks are increasingly being used every weekend for organised events and bit by bit slowly losing their valued status as places of calm & quiet to relax and excercise in. This is needed more than ever with such high levels of stress, obesity, depression & mental illness in today's society. Our parks should not be treated as commercial entertainment areas. Wembley, The O2, Silverstone & the Olympic Park etc were designed & are more suited for the large-scale entertainment & events the councils seem to increasingly want to use our parks for
Gill

6 June 2015

Sorry Caroline betting ahead of myself make that 800+ lorries!
John

5 June 2015

80db twice the noise of a car travelling at 65mph. What about the 8000+ set up lorries. An environmentally friendly motorsport on a street circuit now there would be a novel idea. It is a public Grade II* listed Victorian park for heavens sake with ducks, swans, herons, families and used for physical sport and recreation with free access to all.
John

5 June 2015

In this case a) to those who say it will be noisy and polluting well they clearly have no idea what this event is about - the engines are 100% electric so they will be quiet and completely emissions free (the whole point of the series) and b) yes it will be disruptive but is it any more than the Prudential RideLondon cycle ride where many Putney residents are trapped in their own homes each year for a whole day? Those of us affected by that are told firmly to put up and shut up as cycling is good for the environment (never mind the motorcade alongside it), so why shouldn't motorsport fans have an environmentally friendly motorsport event in Battersea - or is it a case of a short-sighted "two wheels good, four wheels bad" sort of prejudice?
Caroline

5 June 2015

I think if you check this was from Chelsie who just makes a genuine enquiry and therefore to call her a hypocrite is a bit much! Its a public park not a racetrack in use by the public not a place that WBC can hire out in its entirety.
John

5 June 2015

A great event to see in the park. If you can't put up with disruption for one weekend to host such a great event you are very selfish. Obvious hypocrites complaining in one post about the event then asking in another where they can get free tickets! Can't wait but more information on free tickets for genuine residents needed.
Jim

5 June 2015

The 800 HGVs on their way into Battersea Park transporting all the race cars and other equipment / fencing for setup and takedown will further pollute the environment. Disgusting misuse of this Victorian Grade II* listed park. Shame on Wandsworth council.
Louise

30 May 2015

Will the helicopter hovering overhead during the event be electric and noise free?
Gill

30 May 2015

What a sad day when the verdant beauty & tranquility of Battersea Park is full of noise, pollution & the smell of engine fuel. Our Victorian descendants who had the vision to create these havens, now needed more than ever would be incredulous to know of their misuse. Clapham Common is no better on weekends looking like a giant 'crime scene' with plastic tape everywhere. The sound & smell of diesel generators & marshals on megaphones on quiet Sunday mornings is not what the architects of these parks had in mind. Wandsworth Common is a sanctuary, but only just. The loud music 'needed' to 'motivate' the kids participating at the 'Tennis Camp' there was intrusive on a beautiful warm, sunny, blue-sky Spring day. Our councils should be ashamed.
Gill

30 May 2015

Thursday May 21st "These 2,000 complimentary tickets will be offered to residents who live near the park, including those from the Doddington, Ethelburga and Latchmere housing estates, and also to pupils who attend schools in the area, members of local amenity groups and some Battersea-based charities." Did WBC keep that promise?
Celia Blair

29 May 2015

Thursday May 21st "These 2,000 complimentary tickets will be offered to residents who live near the park, including those from the Doddington, Ethelburga and Latchmere housing estates, and also to pupils who attend schools in the area, members of local amenity groups and some Battersea-based charities." Did WBC keep that promise?
Celia Blair

29 May 2015

1. Where exactly are the dog walking places going to be. Map and exact entry gates required please 2. How will residents park at weekends with free weekend parking filling up with so many visitors. 3. There is no mention of how to obtain these promised free tickets. Have they been already allocated as there has been no mention as a local resident of how to apply... A response would be gratefully received as I have had no response to my previous questions from several days ago.
Charlotte Brudenell

26 May 2015

Please can you tell us exactly how much space there will be for non-ticket holders. It is not at all clear. People who have been used to entering the Park via Prince of Wales Drive will now have to walk further up to Chelsea or Albert Bridge, doubtless through crowds of visitors (25,000-30,000 per day).
susan lofthouse

26 May 2015

Jonathan Cook - you are a disgrace as you cannot / will not answer straightforward questions in emails over the very clear and wanton vandalism you have caused in Battersea Park. Hang your head in shame and if you feel no shame there is something quite wrong with you! There is something deeply fundamentally wrong with how you and the council operate to seek to push this event into beautiful Battersea park with no thought or concern for those who use the park daily to keep fit and healthy and as a place of tranquility in this busy city. You are selfish and heartless and do not represent the constituents you are meant to serve.
Sarah

25 May 2015

Cllr Cook your pants seem to be in danger of spontaneous combustion!
Stanley

25 May 2015

An ipetition has been started on this at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-battersea-park-from-formula-e Register your objection the petition seeks to have the first year break clause operated by the Council if enough people object to this event in a listed Victorian park
John

23 May 2015

These are the official figures for the Carriage Drive Circuit 2.8km West Drive from Albert Gate to Sun Gate – 500m South Drive from Sun Gate to Rosery Gate – 950m East Drive from Rosery Gate to Pierpoint – 600m North Drive from Pierpoint to Albert Gate - 750m (Distances are "junction" to "junction") How is this ever suitable for racing cars? An accident waiting to happen? Crowds and gridlock - won't it be fun?
Celia Blair

23 May 2015

I have asked Cllr Cook to say how he thinks the work to remove trees grass and hedges is not damage and sent him photographed examples and he is choosing to ignore the question by not responding. The Council has imposed this on daily park users and Cllr Cook should be embarrassed by his clearly incorrect statement in the article above designed to mislead people that his red line has not been crossed.
John

23 May 2015

The council will always loom to maximize external revenue sources in order to keep council taxes low, as they say in economics their is no free lunch! So park users will be inconvenienced and sections of the park turfed up!!
Kaleem Mirza

22 May 2015

A disgraceful use of public facilities - council should be utterly ashamed of themselves.
Si

22 May 2015

The racetrack created strays into especially widened for the event car park areas which means grass and planting has been removed. Mature hedges and planting beds have been removed and replaced by tarmac. Cllr Cook is just not being truthful and he has sanctioned removal of green park for a two day race. This is blatantly misleading to say there is a red line as this has been well and truly crossed and people need to see the damage for themselves. This is a public park not a racetrack and the public are to be excluded from 95% of the park for five days. Concrete walls and fences to be put up will wreck the peaceful tranquil environment we all enjoy. Formula E is a great idea but Wandsworth why not a street circuit?
John

21 May 2015

You say: "The race organisers have an action plan in place for the speedy installation and removal of its infrastructure. This process should only take a few days and the park will remain open to the public throughout. " yet we have been told that the park will be closed 26,27,28,29 and 30. SEE COMMITTEE MINUTES 18 FEBRUARY. Please confirm one way or the other.
susan lofthouse

21 May 2015

How do we find out if we are eligible for local tickets?
Chelsie

21 May 2015