Thursday, January 29, 2009

Notting Hill Carnival told - 'change or you're cancelled'

Carnival organisers were told to get their act together and comply with a report on noise and safety - or the event will be scrapped.
If carnival 2009 goes ahead Kensington and Chelsea Council is determined it will be smaller and pose less of a noise problem.
Funding will be refused and permission to use the streets will be revoked if it does not implement the reports recommendations.
Last year there was a record number of arrests, 307, double the number of 2007.
11,000 officers tackling the event in a £6 million operation were attacked, glassed, pelted with missiles and confronted all day with everything from knife wielding hoodlums and drunks to dangerous dogs.
A final decision will be made next Friday.
Organisers pre-empt report
Organisers moved to pre-empt the report by suggesting changes to this years carnival - with nearly two million people descending on the residential area of West London on the August Bank Holiday, it is the biggest street festival in Europe.
Chris Boothman, LNHC’s company secretary if trouble kicked off again they would be prepared to stop the event.
He also said they would work with police on working out a sound-system decibel limit, floats would start an hour earlier at 9am, more stewards, encourage people to decant their drink into plastic containers and hand out earplugs to revellers.
A spokesperson for Kensington and Chelsea said:
"If these (plans) are made to the satisfaction of the council, then we will support the ­Notting Hill Carnival 2009."
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