You might have to pay to go to Notting Hill Carnival next year
Notting Hill Carnival is set to make a major change next year, it has been announced. Time Out reports that the world-famous carnival could be a ticketed event in the near future, which would mean carnivalgoers will have to pay to go for the first time ever. In all of its 49-year history, Notting Hill Carnival has been a free event, but that soon may change.
The proposal has been submitted by Conservative MP for Kensington, Victoria Borwick, who has also suggested moving it to the Saturday and Sunday, rather than the current Sunday and Monday, to reduce police overtime costs. Surveys will be sent out to thousands of Notting Hill residents in the New Year to find out whether they would support an entry fee and increased security following a record 407 arrests at this year’s event.
The event costs more than £7 million a year to police while City Hall also provides a £138,000 grant for stewards and the council spends £500,000 on toilet facilities and the clean-up operation. Of course, with close to 1 million people attending each year, a ticket fee would cover a lot of the costs. However, it will be interesting to see how this proposed change will impact on attendance figures in future years.
The results are expected in February 2016.