Notting Hill Carnival attendance (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Would the Mayor agree with me that it is welcoming that Angie is talking in support of the Carnival? I am sure you would agree with me that one of the problems about Carnival is the mixed messages that are around and surely the issue is now how we can actually all work together to actually make the messages much clearer that Carnival is a real experience, it is the largest street festival in Europe and that people do want to come to it. The other thing that I think we ought to consider is that at that weekend there were a number of activities in boroughs and across the country celebrating a number of things.

So let us not just got to the negatives and say "It is Carnival losing its pulling power". I do not believe that; there is no reason to suggest it is but I do think " and I hope you will agree with me " that one of the problems that we have got is that people have got to stop talking down Carnival when it suits them and then looking to say negative things about it. Let us all look at it and see what we can all do to actually send the message out to Londoners that this is the best event that they can attend on an annual basis.

Answer

Answer for Notting Hill Carnival attendance (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Notting Hill Carnival attendance (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Well, something that contributes over £90 million to London's economy is a big plus. It is quite clear with the sort-of proper marketing skills that David Campbell has now brought to Visit London, we can see a real increase in that with employment, profit for local hoteliers, restaurants and everything else. We want to maximise that but before we can get down that road of really throwing our weight making this a much more economic effective operation, we have got to resolve the public safety issues and until they do, we will not be able to throw our weight behind it.