New Year Eve's fireworks (7)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3585
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Was any attempt made to test the market and examine whether any companies were willing to run a ticketing operation for New Year's Eve fireworks with the tickets being free to members of the public.

Answer

Answer for New Year Eve's fireworks (7)

Answer for New Year Eve's fireworks (7)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Regardless of the NYE Fireworks being a 'paid for ticket' or 'free ticket' event, it still requires a range of infrastructure and support to be in place to manage ticketed viewing areas. Ticketing revenue (after VAT) will be spent on implementing the ticketing system: Ticketing agency system (booking processes, management and administration including printing and posting of tickets), additional hoarding and fencing, additional road closures, additional stewards, additional toilets, additional signage, onsite ticket booth collection, onsite scanning operation and an enhanced marketing and communication campaign. The £10 price means that the move to ticketing is self-funding, meaning the taxpayer will not foot the additional costs. The aim of ticketing this year's New Year's Eve fireworks event is to ensure the event is safe and enjoyable for everyone attending.