‘Formula E is in danger of losing local support’

Battersea Park prepars for Formula E - image via @SaveBattPark

Battersea Park prepares for Formula E – image via @SaveBattPark

Some local people complain that the preparations for Formula E on June 27 & 28 are spoiling their enjoyment of Battersea Park.

Rex Osborn, leader of Wandsworth Labour group says: “We welcome a world class event here on our doorsteps, but Formula E need to make it easier for local people to cope. There needs to be more information and more helpful stewards, otherwise Formula E is in danger of losing local support.”

Battersea Park prepars for Formula E - image via @SaveBattPark

Battersea Park prepares for Formula E – image via @SaveBattPark

One local resident wrote to me:

“As you may know I was in favour of the Grand Prix in Battersea Park. However, I wondered there was some way of communicating to whoever is in charge of this that they are really testing the patience of the local community, especially due to the fact that:

  • Many of the routes, especially across the park, are now closed.  I walk across the park most days taking my kids to school and this morning it was very difficult.
  • There is no attempt to communicate what they are doing, when and why
  • The attitude of the ‘marshalls’ is very annoying, one of stopping people doing what they normally do, and very much of ‘owning’ the park giving priority to whatever they are doing rather than the needs and priorities of individuals.

I fear it will only get worse next week.  I think they need to be told to focus and think more about the local community, no one has asked for them to come, it could be an excellent event or they could end up annoying a lot of people.”

Battersea Park prepars for Formula E - image via @SaveBattPark

Battersea Park prepars for Formula E – image via @SaveBattPark

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