Timeline: Lambeth Country Show fiasco

Friday 3 February

  • Urban75 website reports that council officers were told Lambeth Country Show was cancelled. Lambeth council issues press release in the evening saying the event will “take a break” in 2012 due to security risks from the London Olympic Games.


Sunday 5 February

  • Brixton Blog starts a petition online calling on the council to consider holding the show later in the year, after the Olympics. Within hours hundreds of people had signed.


Monday 6 February

  • Liberal Democrat leader Ashley Lumsden asks for decision to cancel the show to be scrutinized further, saying there had been no consultation. 1000 people have signed the online petition.


Tuesday 7 February

  • Rachel Heywood with Chuka Umunna demonstrating her love for Brixton
    Cllr Rachel Heywood

    Lambeth cabinet member for communities, Rachel Heywood, calls on the public to sign the petition to reinstate the show.

  • Borough commander Matt Bell denies that police advised the council to cancel the show.


Wednesday 8 February


Thursday February 9

  • Council leader Steve Reed tells the Streatham Guardian that the decision to cancel was, in fact, only a “recommendation” adding to the confusion over the show.


Monday 13 February

  • Lambeth safety advisory group meets to discuss possibility of holding show in September.


Wednesday 15 February


Chuka Umunna

Friday 17 February 

  • Brixton Blog editor Zoe Jewell goes on BBC London radio to talk about the community campaign to save the show. The Blog is quoted in the Evening Standard.
  • Cllr Reed and police boss Matt Bell release joint statement saying they now agreed about the show being cancelled.
  • Council officers propose the weekend 15 and 16 September for the country show, with a budget of £275,000, pending final decision on March 19.

Thursday 29 February

  • Revised dates and £400,000 budget confirmed by lead council officer and cabinet member.
  • Event manager appointed to oversee the Lambeth Country Show.

Tuesday 3 April 

  • Lambeth council announce the decision and that a public community meeting will go ahead in April.


Comments are closed.