City Hall Open Days (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3459
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

This year 6239 visitors attended the open day. In my question 0523/2009 you stated that last year City Hall attracted 'around 6,000'. Does this not show that the open day is still popular if marketed adequately? I ask you again to re-consider opening up City Hall on selected weekends to the public so that they can tour the whole building, not just the limited areas that are open to the public during normal working hours?

Answer

Answer for City Hall Open Days (2)

Answer for City Hall Open Days (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I don't disagree that City Hall is popular with Londoners. However, as I stated in response to question MQ2773 / 2009, the number of visitors attending this year on the open day were less than in previous years. When you take into account that the open day was part of London Open House, which is marketed substantially across London and this year City Hall was open longer hours than in any previous years, it does show that despite adequate advertising we cannot justify the expense of opening up the building for one weekend every month. The cost of opening City Hall for the additional weekends is £44,000 and that doesn't include the additional money that would be required to market the openings adequately.