Concerns have been raised that festival goers will drink, take drugs, urinate and vomit outside homes in Morden if the Electrics Festival returns to Morden Park for a third year. 

The house and techno festival originally applied for a licence for three days, but now organisers want it to run over two days from Saturday, August 4. 

Last year it was a two day event and the previous year just one. 

Tickets are already on sale, costing £45 for a weekend ticket, but residents nearby are adamant they don’t want it to come back.

Pippa Maslin lives in the Hatfield Mead estate and described “unacceptable noise level” and “foul language from performers” at last year’s event. 

The Green Party prospective parliamentary candidate for Mitcham and Morden in 2020, said: “As someone who lives just over the road from the park, and loves its thriving wildlife and the tranquillity of the space, the prospect of future Eastern Electrics festivals, with a third day and increased capacity, angers me deeply.”

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Fellow objector, Steve Shimwell of Central Road, claims that last year he saw a group of eight young men climbing into the festival carrying two bin bags. 

He added: “Six months after the end of Eastern Electrics and it has become clear that most local residents are furious over plans to host it again.

“If you look carefully, you can still find festival debris and rubbish in the streets and the park.

“And people do not want an infernal bass noise echoing round the neighbourhood, rowdy, drunken, anti-social behaviour returning, with understaffed police to oversee it, and the appropriation of our park for 16 days mid summer holidays, when it should be a peaceful oasis for families and kids to visit and enjoy.”

What do the police say?

A representation from Russ Stevens on behalf of Metropolitan Police states that three days of the festival would be ‘too much to expect local residents to endure three consecutive days’.

In 2017 the police recorded three thefts, one sexual assault, and five calls to police regarding anti social behaviour (ASB) but there were no arrests.

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Last year there were nine calls to the police regarding ASB, eight thefts recorded, one assault and one drugs offence recorded. 

There were also three arrests for possession of drugs with intent to supply and an arrest of a man wanted for burglary.
What does Eastern Electrics actually want? 

An application set to be discussed by Merton Council’s licensing sub committee is for the sale of alcohol from 11am to 10pm on the Friday and Saturday, and from 11am to 9:30pm on the Sunday.

Live and recorded music from 11am to 10.30pm on the Friday and Saturday, and from 11am to 10pm on Sunday.
Premises would open from 11am to 11:30pm on the Friday and Saturday, and from 11am to 11pm on the Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the Bigbox, which runs press for the event, said they "continue to have ongoing dialogue with the local authority and police regarding Eastern Electrics and have addressed all of the points of concern in our preparations for this year’s event, these will be discussed in detail at the licence sub committee hearing next Wednesday."

Merton Council’s licensing sub-committee will meet at Merton Civic Centre on Wednesday (January 30) from 6pm.