Campaigners from climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion have set up camp in Brockwell Park without permission while they take part in planned demonstrations in London.  

On September 1, XR activists started 10 days of demonstrations to “peacefully disrupt the UK Parliament in London”, urging MPs to back the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill and to “prepare for crisis with a National Citizens’ Assembly”.

Brockwell Park, where more than 20 tents have been erected, will be used as a base for the group while the London protests take place.

At least three police vans were parked up near the campsite on Wednesday morning (September 2). 

The activists, who do not have permission to camp in the park, were quiet, while some meditated in a circle.  

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A spokesperson for Lambeth Council said it had told XR that “this incursion” is a “breach of council bye-laws and is of real concern, considering the risk of transmission of Covid-19″. 

“Lambeth’s parks are a vital asset for the community in our borough.  

“To occupy it in this way, at a time when so many residents rely on it for access to open green space due to Covid-19 restrictions, is both unfair and risky.  

“It is for that reason that the council has made clear that Extinction Rebellion’s camp is not authorised. 

“While they currently occupy Brockwell Park without authorisation, the council calls on Extinction Rebellion to do what Lambeth residents manage to do perfectly well: respect our green spaces, comply with the byelaws and avoid the risk of transmission of Covid-19 in our borough,” they said.  

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The activists have promised to respect the park and the people who use it.  

An XR spokesperson said it accepts the group does “not have permission to camp at Brockwell Park” but campaigners “have worked as hard as possible to minimise the disruption caused to residents”.  

“While we are here we will respect both the park and those who use this beautiful space. 

“We will ensure there is no alcohol, illegal drugs or amplified music and that there will be absolutely no rubbish left.  

“We would, if possible, provide Portaloos so that we do not put the park facilities under further pressure. 

“The actions we take now will impact on our future, and the future of those yet born. We ask that you bear with us, come and talk to us, we are all in this together.”