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In light of the recent London riots, should Notting Hill Carnival go ahead? 69% of Londoners say yes

Posted at 5:30 pm, August 17, 2011 in News

Notting Hill Carnival © Scott Wishart / Time OutLondoners overwhelmingly believe that Notting Hill Carnival (August 28-29) should go ahead this year. A survey by YouGov last weekend found that 69% of the public agree that the event, which brings an estimated £93m of economic benefit to London, should go ahead as planned this bank holiday weekend. A spokesman for Carnival said that the Met Police had not asked for cancellation at any point, and that they continued to work closely with the organisers. ‘We will be meeting with the Local Authorities, Carnivalists and the Metropolitan Police Service to assess the severity of the impact the riots potentially have on Notting Hill Carnival 2011 and to discuss measures that will be put in place to avoid any untoward incidents.’ The sound systems have closed down at 7pm for over a decade, but recent reports suggest that the Carnival parade, which finishes at dusk, will be subject to an earlier start and finish this year. Ricky Belgrave, head of the British Association of Sound Systems explained that teams at Carnival already work closely with the police, creating site plans, risk assessments and going on health and safety training. ‘We’re in a good place, there is a developed structure and established protocol, and we’ve got a very good event. We want everyone to come along to a peaceful and fantastic Carnival. It’s a perfect opportunity to start rebuilding relationships and moving things forward. A great Carnival would reflect the great things London has to offer.’ Emma Warren

For Carnival info, see our Notting Hill Carnival Guide 2011. Do you think it should go ahead as planned? Let us know your thoughts below.

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