London Mayor Rejects Suggestion Notting Hill Carnival Should Move After Grenfell Fire

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A Conservative minister has called on the Mayor of London to move the Notting Hill Carnival away from the area around Grenfell Tower.

Citing questions of sensitivity, Mr Hands, who represents the neighbouring Chelsea and Fulham constituency, said cancelling the carnival was not an option but mooted the possibility of staging it elsewhere for the first time. I would like you to consider moving the location, and/or the GLA, with its experience of running major events, taking over the Carnival, in conjunction with the current organisers.

This year's Notting Hill Carnival is scheduled to take place on August 27-28.

However many in the local community feel that the concern over Carnival is grossly misplaced.

"It was born out of the African-Caribbean immigrant community in North Kensington and Notting Hill in the 1950s, and it's only right that this remains its home", said the Mayor's spokesman.

"Any attempt to impose a move to another location on the carnival, particularly at a time when the community has little trust in those in positions of authority, would be a mistake".

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The location of Notting Hill Carnival has been contentious point for some years now, with some calling for the carnival to be relocated to nearby Hyde Park where the procession and festivities would be more contained and easier to police.

But the comments have been condemned by members of the local community, who have accused the MP of using the Grenfell Tower disaster as an "excuse" to move the carnival.

Mr Khan hit back that the event was "a firm London tradition" and any attempt to move it would be "a mistake" given the public mood after the fire.

Although not exclusively black-Caribbean in origin, the Carnival is also a powerful symbol and celebration of Black British life.

Sadiq Khan added in a Tweet: "Notting Hill Carnival is a firm London tradition & incredibly important to the local community".

The 51st festival is due to take place over August Bank Holiday weekend and is expected to attract around two million people.

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