UPDATED: Posters advertising a circus on George Green next week have mystified many residents who say this is the first they have heard of it.
One Wansteadium reader, Justin, says: “I am not sure that we want a circus installed within the relatively tight confines of George Green.” Another, Mark, says: “I wonder when I and other residents were going to be formally informed of this? I think given the size of the Green and its close proximity to residents this event is totally inappropriate.”
The Circus Fantasia is advertising its events between 5 and 10 July. Â One reader has speculated that the event might be staged on the Green rather than on Wanstead Flats because of the roadworks on Blake Hall Road.
A spokesperson for the City of London Corporation told Wansteadium:
“The City of London Corporation has licensed Circus Fantasia on George Green from Tuesday 5th July to Sunday 10th July.Â Equipment for the Circus will draw onto the site from Friday 1st July.Â The Circus operates two weekday early evening performances at 5.00 and 7.30pm andÂ 2pm matinees at the weekend and should not provide noise nuisance in the late evening.
Circus Fantasia is a much smaller Circus than the large Big Tops licensed on Wanstead Flats and Â Chingford Plain and should fit well on George Green.Â No car parking on George Green is being provided as the Circus wishes to play to local audiences using Wansteadâ€™s excellent local sustainable transport links.
We did also speak to Redbridge Officers ahead of confirming the event last year and are confident that Permitted Development Rights in the Conservation Area support temporary events of this nature.
Head Keeper Martin Newnham will undertake site checks ahead of the draw on to ensure the site which has received a great amount of rain is capable of receiving the big top and vehicles