Council double toilets to help carnival goers from being caught short
Notting Hill Carnival is nearly here. The annual celebration is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Londoners and visitors alike. It is the capital’s biggest party and the country’s biggest cultural event - an eclectic and exciting mix of colour vibrancy and history.
This year’s carnival takes place on the August bank holiday weekend Sunday 26th & Monday 27th August.
Part of the carnival takes place in Westminster and we know the event has a major impact on those who live and work within the footprint.
By working with the event organiser – Notting Hill Carnival Limited, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Met Police and emergency services, the council seeks to minimise the impact of the event on residents and the local area as much as possible, providing public toilets, managing street trading sites, enforcing against unlicensed activity and removing rubbish from the carnival route each night.
This year the number of toilets being provided by the council will be doubled to 160 cubicles and 300 urinals to help carnival goers from being caught short.
The council also provides a free garden and basement cleansing service post-event to residents within the carnival footprint.
There will once again be extensive road closures in the Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park areas over the bank holiday weekend that make traffic around the area busier than usual.
Westminster City Council Cabinet member for Public Protection and Licencing, Cllr Ian Adams said: “Each year our staff go above and beyond to ensure that the carnival runs smoothly and causes the minimum disruption to our residents. An enormous operation kicks into action after the event to clear and clean the streets and get transport moving as normal. This year our additional toilet facilities will also prevent many people from being caught short in public.”