As we head towards opening, with much of the building work making good progress, we are also working on bringing in new revenue that will allow us to continue funding wildlife conservation and free public access into the coming years.
As at many other large-scale nature reserves, this will include a mix of private and public events, which we hope will make Walthamstow Wetlands self-sustaining. As part of this mix, we aim to offer a carefully controlled programme of private events, such as weddings and conferences, in the beautiful and newly restored Engine House visitor centre.
This will require a Premises Licence, which we have recently applied for, so that we can sell alcohol and provide entertainment, such as music, in the Engine House and its immediate surroundings.
We would like to reassure those who may be concerned about the application for a Premises Licence that Walthamstow Wetlands is first and foremost a nature reserve, based around ten statutory reservoirs. It is a site that has significant legal protection as it mostly designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), situated within an internationally important Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar site.
The reserve is being designed and managed to ensure the needs of wildlife are respected and where possible further strengthened. The birds on site at Walthamstow Wetlands have been carefully monitored on behalf of Natural England over the course of the last three years to gauge any potential effects of the development works. So far there seems to have been no direct effect and this monitoring will continue, with all management and operations subject to annual review. Other species on site, such as bats, small mammals and invertebrates, are also being monitored on an ongoing basis.
As we move forward, it will be essential for the Walthamstow Wetlands team to cover the considerable costs of running such a large nature reserve and of providing free public access, so that visitors can continue to experience and enjoy nature, at the same time ensuring that this does not adversely impact the wildlife here. Entrance will be free, but we will raise funds with a shop and a café, and while we hope to offer some free activities we will also charge for a variety of events – such as guided walks and talks, conservation training, photography workshops and art classes – alongside private events at the Engine House.
Events which include the sale of alcohol and/or associated music will be restricted to the main visitor centre, the Engine House, and its immediate surroundings. This area is situated away from the more sensitive areas of the nature reserve and is outside of the SSSI, although it does fall within the SSSI Impact Risk Zone. Outside of normal opening hours, attendees will be restricted to the visitor centre and immediate surroundings, which will be closed off from the rest of the nature reserve. Music and alcohol consumption will be restricted to 10pm when outside the Engine House, and completely prohibited after midnight. All such events, and the frequency of such events, will be tightly controlled and monitored, to restrict any disturbance to wildlife and our neighbours.
If you wish to make a representation to the Licensing Service regarding this application please note that any such representations must be received no later than 14th August 2017. Representations can be made by post or email, see below.
Application for a Premises Licence
Licensing Act 2003: Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence
Notice of application for the grant of a Premises Licence under section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003.
Notice is hereby given that LBWF – Culture & Heritage Services Dept has applied to the London Borough of Waltham Forest for the grant of a Premises Licence at, Walthamstow Wetlands, 2 Forest Road, London, N17 9NH .
The application seeks to permit the following:
- Sale of alcohol for consumption, Late night refreshment on & off premises: Mon to Sun 10:00 to 24:00
- Recorded & Live music, Dance and anything similar, Plays, Films, Performances on & off premises:
Mon -Sun 10:00-24:00
- Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10:00- 24:00
The Licensing register listing full details of the application is kept by the Licensing Service, Sycamore House, Walthamstow Town Hall, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4SU. The application may be viewed Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am – 5pm (except Bank Holidays).
Any person wishing to make a representation in respect of the above activities may do so in writing to the Licensing Service, Sycamore House, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, London E17 4SU or via email email@example.com
Representations must be received no later than 14th August 2017.
It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with this application. A person is liable to an unlimited fine on conviction should such a false statement be made.