Report of the Director of Open Spaces.
The Committee received a report of the Director of Open Spaces concerning the significant impact Covid-19 has had on the 2020 Hampstead Heath Events Programme and setting out the events currently scheduled for 2021, taking account of possible further impacts which could arise as a result of Covid-19.
Members were advised that only two events took place in 2020 as planned. The South of England Cross-Country Championships on 25 January 2020 was well attended with record numbers of participants in the youth event. Zippos Circus on 10-15 September 2020 was impacted heavily by the Government restrictions and ticket sales were very low.
It was hoped more events would be able to go ahead in 2021. Plans regarding the March National Cross Country Championships were struggling and the London Games and Park Run would like be impacted. Negotiations were ongoing concerning the day change for the Showman’s Guild and Affordable Art Fair (AAF). Members hoped these events could go ahead safely.
RESOLVED – That Members:
· Provide feedback on the principle of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain extending the traditional Easter Fair as set out in paragraph 23;
· Provide feedback on the principle of adding a second event after the Affordable Art Fair in April/May 2021;
· Provide feedback on the proposed 2021 Events Programme (appendix 1).