New Year's Eve

MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Sally Hamwee
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What involvement has the Mayor had in the revised New Year's Eve Celebrations being proposed by London Boroughs? What success has the Mayor had in selling off the shipment of £500,000 worth of fireworks?


Answer for New Year's Eve

Answer for New Year's Eve

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Events for London Team has helped the emergency services and transport operators to plan for the new events by collecting and distributing information about the boroughs' intentions. It hosted a large co-ordination meeting, and posted information on its electronic bulletin board, to which all the organisations have access.

The collection of events that has resulted is, I think, nearer to my vision of a New Year celebration than the event I actually inherited, and I wish the boroughs every success. I am particularly pleased one major element of the original event, the Meridian Clock, has found a home as part of the Greenwich and Docklands First Night Festival. It is a large-scale community arts project involving over 4000 schoolchildren from 31 London boroughs. It will be open from the 28th to the 31st December, and members will be welcome.

The fireworks are not - and never have been - owned by the GLA, so I am not in a position to sell them off.