A Romanian church has been granted permission to host a three-day festival in a public park to celebrate its community’s culture.
Representatives from the church explained that it will not sell food or drink but there will be live music for several hours on each day.
The church intends to erect a large tent in the park and is prepared to welcome up to 1,000 people.
Brent Council’s licensing committee swiftly granted permission for the event after the church agreed to conditions outlined by the police.
These include compiling CCTV recordings of proceedings, the installation of signs reminding attendees to leave quietly and an incident log recoding any disturbances or complaints during the event.
Some members of the public objected to the proposals – mainly surrounding increased traffic – but there were no representatives at the meeting.
George Dume, the church’s pastor, assured the committee that there are plans in place to deal with dispersal.
“We just want to celebrate with singing and speeches – there will be no drinking or fires,” he said.
“We are Christians and the main thing we believe is to love others as we would love ourselves – we want everyone to enjoy themselves and not upset anyone.”
He explained that the church chose Kingsbury as its location given the high number of Romanians living in the surrounding area.
The committee wished the group success with the event, reminding them to comply with the conditions outlined as part of the approval.