- Bjorn UlvaeusExecutive Producer
- Ingrid SutejProducer
- Staffan HolmProducer
- My BlomgrenProducer
- Lambeth Planningc/o Luke Farmer
- Coin Street Community BuildersChairman Scott Rice
- Mamma Mia The PartyMMTP UK management
- Cllr Jen MosleyBishop's Ward councillor
- Cllr Kevin CraigBishop's Ward Councillor
- Cllr Ben KindBishop's Ward Councillor
- Kate Hoey MPMP for Vauxhall
- Petter HakansonBoard member Eventum Group - MMTP partners
- Cllr Clair WilcoxChair Lambeth Planning Applications Committee
- Cllr Joanne SimpsonVice chair Lambeth Planning Applications Committee
- Gorel HanserBjorn Ulvaeus PA
- Florence EshalomiLondon Assembly member Southwark and Lambeth
- Cllr Lib PeckLeader Lambeth Council
Björn Ulvaeus: don't put your Abba-themed party on land intended for social housing
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Waterloo residents oppose plans for an Abba-themed restaurant party venue Mamma Mia -The Party! (MMTP) to be constructed on land that has always been earmarked for social housing in a highly residential area. The impact will be catastrophic with 500 party revellers flocking every day/night (twice at weekends!) to an area that is already overly congested with tourists and vehicles.
Landowners Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB*) have an obligation to provide social housing on this site but this obligation runs out in 2025 and after that, the land would be lost to the community forever, if MMTP is still going by then.
What's wrong with this proposal?
- The lease for this proposed 'temporary' pop-up theatre was originally for 10 years! Now reduced to 5 years with an intent for 10 years - who are they trying to kid?
- The venue/site is right next door to hundreds of people's homes
- Crowds of 500-1000 people would bring anti-social behaviour from 6pm-11.30pm/midnight daily, e.g. noise, litter, public urination, intrusion into people's space/gardens
- There would be an increase of vehicles to transport visitors and for deliveries, with no extra parking facilities in the vicinity
- This would increase pollution not only in terms of air quality but also noise and light pollution from the venue itself
- There has been minimal local consultation and no public consultation yet the planning application has already been submitted giving very little time to voice concerns
One of London's biggest crises is the lack of 'affordable'/social housing. CSCB has a duty to provide this and could easily do so with temporary pop-up housing as evidenced by the project in Lewisham https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/18/pop-up-village-in-south-east-london-to-house-homeless-families
And Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus and team could easily find another venue for their riotous new party attraction that would draw unwanted drunken revellers to highly residential parts of Waterloo. MMTP in Stockholm is set in an entertainment resort so come on Abba - please don't sell the people of Waterloo down the river! Help us to find a solution that works for all.
*Background: CSCB acquired the site cheaply along with several others in 1985 after a ten-year campaign by the local community to get affordable housing and facilities including workspaces, a community centre, shops and a park. They were sold the sites on a subsidised discount by the Greater London Council on the basis that they would swiftly develop a community-backed scheme approved in 1983.
CSCB haven’t built any affordable housing for 15 years, and earlier this year, privately stated that they don’t intend to build any more. They claim that they intend to ‘move forward’ on the site as an extension to the Neighbourhood Centre. But this is already the biggest community centre in London given the modest number (220) of households served by it! Mostly it is vacant or taken up with commercial events, not community activities. The board of CSCB is non-elected. Residents have a reviewable 5 year lease only, with no say in the running of CSCB.
- Executive Producer
- c/o Luke Farmer
- Chairman Scott Rice
Coin Street Community Builders
- MMTP UK management
Mamma Mia The Party
- Bishop's Ward councillor
Cllr Jen Mosley
- Bishop's Ward Councillor
Cllr Kevin Craig
- Bishop's Ward Councillor
Cllr Ben Kind
- MP for Vauxhall
Kate Hoey MP
- Board member Eventum Group - MMTP partners
- Chair Lambeth Planning Applications Committee
Cllr Clair Wilcox
- Vice chair Lambeth Planning Applications Committee
Cllr Joanne Simpson
- Bjorn Ulvaeus PA
- London Assembly member Southwark and Lambeth
- Leader Lambeth Council
Cllr Lib Peck
Abba/Björn - Please stop your Mamma Mia Party venue on land earmarked for social housing. The proposed site is in a highly residential area with hundreds of homes and thousands of people who will be directly affected by the impact of a 500 seater party venue.
We have so much noise and congestion already on the South Bank - our homes are our havens - our respite from the main busier parts of the tourist area, so to impose a lively and noisy party venue upon us would quite plainly be insensitive and unacceptable.
Are you aware that the proposed MMTP site has always been earmarked for community use and social housing? Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) did not build their Neighbourhood Centre where it was supposed to be - instead they built to the right of its original site which as you can see from our petition picture, was always meant for social housing. The site to the left, is supposed to be for the community - genuinely for the community.
Your venue would be of little use for the community as it would be highly impractical to use it for anything other than a restaurant. We could not hold local meetings, schools clubs or a children's playgroup in a restaurant environment! Who would take responsibility/arrange the space for such community use and then reset it ready for 500 visitors for an event that starts at 6pm?
And what about weekends when you would have 2 seatings/shows? Local people would get double the noise and disruption all weekend. When would WE get peace and quiet? Surely this stress and inconvenience is not what you want to impose upon a community who unanimously opposes this exclusive development?
The proposed 'benefits' of 50 jobs are not guaranteed for local people. We may be able to apply first but naturally, you would pick the best people for the job. Such a high profile production cannot afford to take on board anything less in the entertainment and catering industry. The same goes for promised benefits for theatrical training skills - hence proposed 'benefits' for local people are disingenuous (this is something always promised to help get planning permission but from past history, the residential community does not believe this will happen).
There are other more suitable venues in London where you could regenerate an untapped part of the city that isn't in a residential area. We, the community will happily help you to find an alternative site - but please do not build in our neighbourhood.
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