Wednesday, May 06, 2009


Parade restrictions: Kensington and Chelsea council says revellers will “automatically disperse” after this August’s parade finishes

The Notting Hill Carnival has been given a curfew for the first time in its 45-year history to avoid a repeat of last year's violence.
Organisers of the annual event have been ordered to clear the streets by nightfall under strict conditions from
Kensington and Chelsea council.
They will also be forced to turn down the music after noise levels breached the official pain threshold of 140 decibels last year.
Council bosses have cut the number of vehicles allowed in the parade to ensure an earlier finish time.

Kensington and Chelsea drew up the new rules after 50 police officers were injured in violence, with mobs throwing bricks and bottles.
A council report found the event was let down by "profound organisational failure". Stewards were being recruited only three weeks before the carnival, leaving little time for training.
This year the judging post for floats in Great Western Road must close at 6.30pm so all finish the course by dusk - deemed to be 9pm.
Refuse collection lorries and street sweepers will then be sent down the parade route to help clear crowds and begin the clean-up.
A council spokesman claimed onlookers would "automatically disperse" after the parade on 31 August stops. In previous years the judging post has stayed open until 10pm, which means the event did not finish until almost midnight. Police will not be asking people to go home but the council said an earlier start and finish time would mean the streets are clear by nightfall.
Council leader Merrick Cockell said: "We want to make Carnival 2009 a safer and more enjoyable event and hope the three proposed limits will help us to achieve this.

"The sound levels must fall so the emergency services can hear instructions and this is vital if someone needs medical attention or if there is a major incident. Equally, we don't want people left with permanent damage to their hearing.
"The event must be completed before dark as violence tends to peak at nightfall."
At the August bank holiday festival vehicles will start at 10am, compared with a 12.50pm starting time in 2007 and 10.45am last year.

There will also be a limit on the number of floats to 125 - an estimate of the number which can complete the route by nightfall. Last year 135 had gone past the judging point by 9pm. And a noise limit of 135 decibels will be imposed.
Organisers have promised to meet the demands which have been discussed over the past few months.

However, they are yet to sign a final agreement to allow Kensington and Chelsea to close the roads.
Michael Williams, director of London Notting Hill Carnival Limited, said: "We have had lots of discussions and they are mostly satisfied. It is going to be business as usual."
The carnival started in 1964 as a celebration of the abolition of the slave trade and London's
Caribbean heritage. However, in 1976 and several subsequent years, it was marred by fights, predominantly between Caribbean youths and police due to the harassment to which the population felt they were exposed.
Last year officers came under attack in Ladbroke Grove, near the Westway and Cambridge Gardens.
A spokeswoman for the Met said they were aware of the new conditions and supported them.
* Stokefest, the free music festival held in Clissold Park since 2001, will not go ahead this year. Some 80,000 people tried to attend the 15,000-capacity event last summer, forcing organisers to shut the gates. Hackney council says it cannot raise £40,000 for a fence.
Slowly but surely the establishment tightens the noose around the neck of the N.H.C. and the biggest celebration of Caribbean Identity in Europe.
An institution that once represented the strength and promise of the Caribbean community in London, has been plagued, with financial shortages, politics, lack of imagination, and senseless violence, by ignorant youth who don’t have a clue what the very existence of the Carnival represents, and how those who came before them had to battle so they can now come to add nails in the coffin of the Notting Hill Carnival.
But is we to blame.
And the Man has to do what the Man has to do.

So basically 630 pm judging stops Carnival done!

But as a student of Mas and History I know this, they can’t stop de Carnival! it is under these pressures that the sprit of Carnival thrives.
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