The unorganised party created anti-social behaviour, litter and noise. The particular stretch where the event took place is home to many species of wildlife including the family of swans whose presence is a source of great pride to many local residents.
After the party goers had left, it took 12 hours for council contractors to clear up the five tonnes of rubbish left behind, which included broken glass and human excrement, from the towpath.
We are of course fully in favour of people enjoying the canal. However Canalival was an unsupervised and dangerous event which prevented everybody taking enjoyment by the waterway for two days.
Rumours have started to circulate on social media this week of another party being held on the canal this weekend. The Canal and River Trust, Hackney Council and Metropolitan Police Hackney have stated that any attempt to re-stage this event will not be tolerated.
Fences will be erected and dedicated Police patrols will be in place to prevent further wilful destruction of a valuable public resource.
Don’t be fooled #Canalival is an unauthorised event. Council and police will take action against anyone taking part http://t.co/EeTcpJhCuR
— Canal & River Trust (@CanalRiverTrust) May 27, 2014
Please be aware that @CanalRiverTrust won't be allowing #canalival this year after significant harm to environment and wildlife last year.
— Hackney MPS (@MPSHackney) May 27, 2014