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City of London Corporation (Open Spaces) Act 2018

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7Facilities for events

(1)In this section “event” means—

(a)a ceremony, celebration, entertainment or similar occasion; or

(b)a conference, an exhibition or the making of a film.

(2)The Corporation may—

(a)temporarily use or permit others to use land (including buildings) forming part of an open space for the purposes of an event;

(b)provide, or arrange for another person to provide, equipment, facilities or services for the purposes of an event;

(c)so far as appears to the Corporation to be necessary in connection with an event, restrict or authorise others to restrict access temporarily to an area of land forming part of the open space; and

(d)charge for permission or provision given or made under paragraph (a) or (b) or charge or authorise others to charge for admission to an area to which access is so restricted.

(3)The Corporation must exercise the powers in subsection (2) having regard to a policy concerning the exercise of the powers prepared by the Corporation in consultation with such persons or bodies as it thinks appropriate (which must include any committee or group established by statute for the purpose of consultation about the management of the open space).

(4)The policy must, in particular, contain provision—

(a)requiring that—

(i)in deciding whether, and on what terms, to permit an event under subsection (2), the Corporation must have regard to the character and local environment of the open space (or the part of the open space in which the event is to take place);

(ii)such an event (whether individually or taken with other events) does not cause material injury to the amenity of the open space or significant impairment to the public enjoyment of the open space; and

(iii)the locations in the open space to which events are confined are specified, and, in relation to land to which the London Government Reorganisation (Hampstead Heath) Order 1989 applies, that any structure erected is not on a part of the land which is unbuilt on; and

(b)limiting the frequency and duration of events in the open space.

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