Noise team out in force for Lambeth’s Clapham Common music festival

Published: Thursday 24th August 17

People living close to Clapham Common are being urged to contact Wandsworth Council’s noise team over the course of this bank holiday weekend if sound levels from the big music festival being staged on the common get too loud.

Lambeth Council has granted permission for the “SW4 2017” music festival to be held over the three days with crowds of up to 30,000 expected each day. 

Although half of Clapham Common is geographically located within the borough of Wandsworth, the whole of this large open space is managed solely by Lambeth.

Earlier this year the two councils and the event organisers reached an agreed out-of-court settlement following legal action by Wandsworth in response to dozens of noise complaints it received during last year’s event.

As a result of the court action, Lambeth agreed to lower permitted sound levels and to also turn the music off on bank holiday Monday at the earlier time of 10pm.

Noise officers from Wandsworth will be closely monitoring sound levels to ensure these agreed limits are not exceeded, but are also appealing for the public to contact them if they suffer undue noise disturbance.

Environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We have never been against the festival taking place but were forced to take legal action to protect our residents from excessive noise levels when Lambeth refused point blank to address our concerns. 

“Thankfully we were eventually able to reach a sensible compromise agreement that will limit the impact this large scale event will have on people living near to Clapham Common. 

“Now we need the public’s help to make sure the agreements are honoured. If anyone feels that the noise levels are too high then we would urge them to contact us so we can investigate.”

To report any type of noise problem over the weekend call 020 8871 6127 or email

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