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Notting Hill Carnival 2011

At the time of going to press, the plans for this year’s Carnival are still to be confirmed in light of recent events. The Carnival organisers are liaising with the Police and we understand that they are looking at options for reducing the hours for Carnival on both the Sunday and the Monday ie starting later and finishing earlier.

Security at Wornington Green
We are well aware of residents’ concerns during Carnival, so we’ve been working on a plan to help to keep the estate safe and secure should the Carnival go ahead.

Following consultation with residents and as a precaution we are looking at blocking off some of the anti social behaviour hotspots on the estate. We have engaged a team of security guards for the estate on Carnival Sunday and Monday to minimise the negative impact of the carnival on the estate. Once arrangements have been confirmed we will send you a letter, giving you more information and details of the security company we are using.

In the meantime, maintenance teams will be visiting all blocks on the estate to make sure that all communal external doors are working properly. Please contact us if you are aware of any defective locks or any other potential security risks which need attention in the run up to the Carnival.

We also ask residents to be extra vigilant during Carnival and to alert any suspicious behaviour to the security guards or to the nearest police officers. Please take care to ensure that communal doors are locked safely behind you as you enter and leave buildings.

Residents are not permitted to charge Carnival-goers to use their bathroom or to set up unauthorised stalls selling food and merchandise as this will encourage anti social behaviour on the estate. Please also be considerate to neighbours and try, where possible, to minimise noise and disruption.

We will continue to liaise closely with the police and Carnival organisers to ensure the event has the minimum possible impact on our residents. If Carnival does not go ahead for any reason this year, we will take police advice on whether we need any additional security as a precaution.

Carnival History (extract from www.thenottinghillcarnival.com)

The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street festival in Europe and originated in 1964 as a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions. Taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend in the streets of London W10 and W11, the Notting Hill Carnival is an amazing array of sounds, colourful sights and social solidarity.

At the roots of the Notting Hill Carnival are the Caribbean carnivals of the early 19th century – a particularly strong tradition in Trinidad. The very first carnival was an attempt to showcase the steel band musicians who played in the Earls Court of London every weekend. When the bands paraded through the streets of Notting Hill, they drew residents out on to the streets, reminding them of the Caribbean homes they had left behind.

Notting Hill Carnival in numbers

  • 2 days (28/29 August)
  • 1 million revellers
  • 40,000 volunteers
  • 20 miles of costumes
  • 40 sound systems
  • 400 food stalls

Carnival to be back bigger and better in 2012
Despite the uncertainty surrounding this year’s event, organisers are already planning to make a big impact next year. Next year’s event will be the largest Notting Hill Carnival ever, as it coincides with the 2012 Olympics.

In a recent interview with the BBC Notting Hill Carnival Ltd director, Chris Boothman, promised “you ain’t seen nothing yet. My vision for 2012 is to make it really spectacular.”

As 2012’s carnival will fall between the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Mr Boothman believes “all eyes of the world will be on London.”

There is also an added pressure to put on a spectacular show in 2012 as the Olympic flame is being passed to Rio de Janeiro for 2016, Londoners will need to show the Brazillians that they also know a thing or two about Carnival.

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