The Royal Parks and the Metropolitan Police remind people not to bring fireworks or paper lanterns to Primrose Hill over the festive period. For the comfort and safety of visitors and residents, the park will close at 1 am on New Year’s Eve and there will be no official viewing areas to watch displays.
In previous years, visitors to the Hill on New Year’s Eve have dropped a lot of litter, and the Royal Parks urges people to respect the park and their fellow visitors by taking litter home or placing it in the bins provided.
Nick Biddle, Park Manager for Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, says: “Primrose Hill isn’t suitable for hosting a display and we ask that people don’t bring their own fireworks – especially given the proximity to the nearby zoo. Paper lanterns can be dangerous when lit in the dense assembly of visitors, causing injury and damage to the park, including surrounding properties.”
The Metropolitan Police will police the Royal Parks with dedicated patrols. Lighting personal fireworks and flying lanterns is against park regulations. Inspector Nick McLaughlin, of the Royal Parks Operational Command Unit, says: “We urge members of the public not to bring fireworks to Primrose Hill. Those who ignore this may have them seized and may face prosecution. We are committed to maintaining a safe environment in the Royal Parks.”