Notting Hill Carnival

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0514
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Victoria Borwick MP for Kensington have sent surveys out about the Notting Hill Carnival, and there have been reports that proposals including introducing ticketing and moving the Carnival to the Saturday and Sunday of the August Bank Holiday are being considered. Have you been involved in these discussions, particularly in the light of the funding contribution that the Metropolitan Police and GLA contribute to this event. What is your view on these proposals?

Answer

Answer for Notting Hill Carnival

Answer for Notting Hill Carnival

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Notting Hill Carnival remains an iconic event for London. We have to recognise that as well as being a culturally important event, it has required a very considerable investment in policing and presents disruption to the local community.  I am aware that there are suggestions from local representatives about the conduct of the carnival.  Many of those suggestions are best discussed locally with the authorities which license the carnival.  Representatives of GLA, MOPAC, the boroughs and the MPS are involved in practical discussions with the Carnival trust with the intention of improving the management of the event and decreasing the reliance on public funds.  It is my view that any proposals which can add to the quality, safety and enjoyment of the event whilst reducing the call on expensive policing and other public resources should be encouraged.