I still remember the 1997 Gay Pride Festival on Clapham Common (just about). It was supposed to be fenced off and admission by £3 donation - but that petered out by the early evening (show time was 2pm to 10pm) It was actually a marvellous do - with a set by the Pet Shop Boys to finish (with fireworks) - and a message from Tony Blair (who had just been elected) Problem was the collapse of any arrangements to clear up afterwards - which led to a ban on all music events on Clapham Common events in the aftermath. In 1997 the council was not particularly seeking profit - but was of course outraged to be actually paying to clear up after a big event. Naturally Councillors such as Bernard Gentry (who recently made a political comeback) were happy to fan the flames and seek the ban. 20 years ago it was the council who were resistant to events - but saw them as a sort of public service and clamped down heavily when it went wrong. Now it seems they have changed to turning parks and commons into a business model - and are not concerned about general amenity of residents at large.