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Lord's Community Group

Open evening on the redevelopment of Lord's

Local residents are invited to Lord's on 9 July to learn more about the first major phase of development - the new Warner Stand.

Drop in to the J.P. Morgan Media Centre any time between 17.30 and 20.30 to find out more and give your views.

For more information, or to confirm attendance, please email:
community@lords.org

Welcome to the Lord’s Community Group (LCG) web pages.

About Lord’s Community Group

The Lord’s Community Group was set up in 2009 as an informal consultation group and conduit between MCC and the local communities around the ground.

It has three main purposes:

  • To enable MCC to brief local people on operational issues, new items of relevance or proposals for changes at the ground.
  • To provide a forum at which to present and discuss planning issues at Lord’s. 
  • To allow MCC to inform local people of forthcoming events and forward planning.


The group also provides an opportunity for residents to report issues and problems so MCC can seek to resolve these directly or through the relevant body.

Where these issues are outside the club’s control MCC will be responsible for raising the matter with the relevant statutory body or/and cricket authority – e.g. Westminster City Council, Transport for London, Metropolitan Police, England & Wales Cricket Board and Middlesex County Cricket Club. Representatives from these bodies regularly attend LCG meetings.

There are currently over 20 LCG members, each of whom represents an apartment block, street or local amenity/resident group. The meetings are chaired by one of the three local ward councillors.

What is the Lord's Community Group?

The Lord’s Community Group is a community group established by MCC as a way of effectively communicating with the local community surrounding Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Why was the Lord’s Community Group been set up?

The group was formed to assist communications between MCC and local communities.

It provides a forum where MCC can brief residents on operational and planning issues that have an effect on the local area. The group also enables MCC to inform members of forthcoming matches.

Additionally the group provides an opportunity for local residents and businesses to report any issues and problems so MCC can seek to resolve these directly or through the relevant body.

When does the Lord’s Community Group meet?

When does the Lord’s Community Group meet? The Lord’s Community Group meets three times a year: Pre-season (March); mid-season (July); and post-season (November).

Special meetings can be called should a specific Lord’s issue arise that needs to be communicated or discussed with the group.

Who chairs the Lord’s Community Group meetings?

Robert Rigby, one of the three Westminster City Council Councillors for the Regent’s Park Ward, chairs the Lord’s Community Group.

How were the members of the Lord’s Community Group chosen?

The membership of the Lord’s Community Group is made up of representatives from local businesses, residents’ associations and community groups in the geographical area surrounding Lord’s Cricket Ground. This includes the St John's Wood Society (opens in a new window).

Can I join the Lord’s Community Group?

Can I join the Lord’s Community Group?Membership of the Lord’s Community Group is open to representatives of local businesses, residents’ associations and community groups in the area around Lord's.

Can non-members attend Lord’s Community Group meetings?

Yes, providing they live or work in the local area. Any person who wishes to attend must first contact the Lord’s Community Group secretariat in advance of the meeting.

Who do I contact at Lord’s if I want to report an issue or problem during a match?

If you have an operational issue please contact Abi Carter at MCC on 0207 616 8677 or email abi.carter@mcc.org.uk. If you have a problem with noise during a match please call the noise duty officer on 07527 320529.

For weekend non-major matches please contact the Duty Officer via the Main Switchboard on 020 7616 8500.

We will respond as quickly as possible to each enquiry although please be aware that some issues may require investigation.

If local residents or businesses have a police related issue during a match then they should call the local non-emergency number: 0300 123 1212. If there is a major security issue then they should dial 999.

How do I contact the Lord’s Community Group?

The Lord’s Community Group secretariat can be contacted by using the the LCG email.

Who is responsible for policing on match days?

Within Lord’s Cricket Ground policing is the responsibility of the Metropolitan Police and MCC stewards and groundstaff.

Outside of the ground policing is the responsibility of the Metropolitan Police.

When do matches start at Lord’s?

The start time for cricket matches is dependent on the type of match that is being played.

The earliest gates will open is 8:45am and the latest a match will finish will be 9:50pm.

How do spectators travel to and from Lord’s?

Spectators have a range of public transport options including underground stations at St John’s Wood (Jubilee line), Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan) and Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo) plus local bus services.

What have you done to encourage people to use alternative transport rather than St John’s Wood station?

We recognise the pressure on St Johns Wood tube and make an active effort to inform crowds attending matches at Lord's that there are alternatives ways of getting to and from the ground.

Public announcements are made on match days, information is provided with the ticket and there is a journey planner on the Lord's website.

Additionally we have worked with Westminster Council to improve the signage for pedestrians using Baker Street.

What are you doing to address parking problems in the local area on match days?

MCC is aware that parking is very limited in and around the ground and we recommend to spectators that they do not to bring cars to the area.

MCC is currently undertaking a review to investigate parking as a whole during major match days. We continue to liaise closely with Westminster City Council and the local police on this and will be discussing the outcomes of the survey with them as well as the Lord’s Community Group to see how improvements can be made.

When will the floodlights be used for matches at Lord’s Cricket Ground?

Floodlights are used for up to 10 day/night matches during each cricket season. All floodlit matches will be clearly marked on the MCC’s fixture list which can be found here.

MCC also has an additional allocation of 12 day uses per season for major match days. These can only be used during the daytime in the event of bad light.

What time will the floodlights be turned off?

MCC’s planning conditions for the floodlights state that the floodlights must be switched off by 9:50pm.

What monitoring/testing of the floodlights takes place?

The floodlights are tested each season to ensure that they accord with the terms of the planning permission.

Who should I contact if I have an issue with the floodlights?

Please contact Abi Carter on 0207 616 8677 or email abi.carter@mcc.org.uk.

When is amplified music played at matches at Lord’s?

Amplified music is only played during Twenty 20 matches at Lord’s. There is no amplified music during Test matches, one day internationals and any other Middlesex games.

Does Lord’s host any non-cricket events such as pop concerts?

There are no plans to host any other events at Lord’s on the main ground other than cricket matches.

There are receptions and other events held in the pavilion and other hospitality areas throughout the year. As with cricket matches at Lord’s, MCC works hard to ensure that these events have as little impact on the local area as possible.

Will vuvuzelas be allowed at Lord’s?

The Club has decided that vuvuzelas will not be allowed at Lord’s Cricket Ground. There is already a policy of not allowing any musical instruments into the ground to protect the unique atmosphere at Lord’s. This is supported by the local community, MCC members and cricket fans.

What are you doing to minimise the effect of noise on the local area?

The club recently carried out a noise monitoring exercise in consultation with the St John’s Wood Society (opens in a new window).

We will continue to monitor noise levels as part of agreeing a suitable level that does not have an overly adverse impact on local residents whilst recognising that Lord’s is a major sports ground.

We are also in the process of upgrading our PA system. Once complete this should further minimise the effect of noise from the Ground on the local area.

Who should I contact if I have an issue with noise during a match at Lord’s?

If you have a problem with noise during a match please call the noise duty officer on 07527 320529.


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