It is the same guy. Quite a detailed report of what they intend to do. Would love to know how they plan to restrict sound from moving through the air. Thanks to Lewisham Council for responding so quickly to my request!
Minutes of the meeting (Google Docs).
“Don’t Lean Back”, a company that sells school chairs that (you’ve guessed it) don’t lean back, is registered to the same address as Nimby events. Interestingly, the founder of the chair company was also a school teacher. Guess where? In Blackheath.
Chair that keeps its feet on the ground – The Times Feb 18th 2008
Tom Wates has taken orders from 18 schools since launching his product three weeks ago. “I’ve had orders from Glasgow to Belfast, Cornwall to London,” he said. “It seems that it’s a problem that touches everyone.”
Mr Wates, who gave up his job teaching maths and PE in Blackheath, southeast London, last year, said that he was “driven mad” by his students rocking back and forth, and often falling off their chairs. “It was something I was saying as much as I was asking children to be quiet. I couldn’t do anything about them talking, but I figured that I could stop this.”
Coincidence? Maybe he’ll get his (almost) namesake to play at the festival…
UPDATE: Photo of Tom Wates and the chair here.
Here’s the leaflet from the Blackheath Society about the proposed pop festival on the heath. I didn’t get one – maybe they were only distributed along the edges of the heath?
Text shown below – not because I necessarily agree with the sentiment!
TWO DAY POP FESTIVAL ON BLACKHEATH
A MESSAGE FROM THE BLACKHEATH SOCIETY
Are you aware that Lewisham Council has granted a licence for a company called NIMBY Events to put on a major Pop Festival on the Heath? It will be in the same location as the 2009 Climate Camp, but will occupy much more of the Heath. It has been fixed for 10/11th September 2011.
- Major features [aside from loud music] include:
- A start at midday each day and finish at 11.00 pm (10.30 pm on Sunday)
- An audience of up to 25,000 on each day
- Fully licensed bars until 30 minutes before the finish
- Road closures
- Licence granted in perpetuity
The Blackheath Society is concerned that the grant of this licence, with minimal conditions, will result in a major nuisance to local residents during the event as well as crime and disorder when the festival goers leave.
The Society is not against events on the Heath in principle, but expects them to be carefully planned and regulated. In this case, very little detail has been provided. If NIMBY is allowed to go ahead in this way, it will set a dangerous precedent.
We are therefore appealing the decision to the Magistrates Court in early March. This is a costly exercise, and we are looking for support beyond our existing membership.
lf you share our concern, and would like to support us or would like more information or give us your views – you can contact the Society on 020 8297 1937 (leave a message out of hours) or firstname.lastname@example.org Further details are also on our website: www.blackheath.org