Notting Hill Carnival attendance (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Angie Bray
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is it not true that it is also possible that it takes time for messages to filter through by you yourself were on television before the Carnival in 2002 actually suggesting to people that they stay because you considered it might be getting rather overcrowded and dangerous? Do you not think that actually far from being a victim of its own success, which is what we were talking about a few years back, it is actually getting a reputation now that is encouraging people to stay because they do not think it is as safe a carnival as it used to be, despite the fact that I would agree with you that actually for the last few years things have gone quite well as far as crowd safety is concerned?


Answer for Notting Hill Carnival attendance (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Notting Hill Carnival attendance (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It would be irresponsible of me to urge people to go to Carnival until we have got a route that we consider maximises safety. Although there was a change last year, the route that existed last year and this year is still not our preferred route and I would not want to put the resources of the GLA or TfL encouraging people to go until the route issue is resolved.