Notting Hil Carnival

MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Question By: 
Bob Blackman
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What lessons have you learned from the operation of this year's Notting Hill Carnival?


Answer for Notting Hil Carnival

Answer for Notting Hil Carnival

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The operation of this year's Notting Hill Carnival continues to demonstrate that the need for a route change is as relevant now as it was when I published the final report of my Carnival Review Group back in 2004. No amount of superficial `tinkering' around a route that is fundamentally unsafe will remove the need for a radical change to the Carnival route. The failure of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster to acknowledge this continues to put the safety of Londoners at risk. Secondly, there is consensus within the carnival community that a change to the current route is required in order to reduce crowd density, increase public safety and properly showcase the Carnival art form. The Arts Council England is particularly in support of a route change that will deliver the latter. Both the chair and chief executive of London Notting Hill Carnival Ltd ' the organisers of the Notting Hill Carnival - have publicly stated this view. I am committed to working with the Carnival organisers to find a solution to the Carnival route issue.