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Calls for more public toilets at Notting Hill Carnival by residents fed up of streets being used as a toilet

The concern is raised following K&C Council consultation, but there are plenty of positives too

Revellers enjoying the carnival(Image: Lénárd Gábor)

People living close to the Notting Hill Carnival want to see more public toilets available during the world famous two-day street party.

A survey carried out by Kensington and Chelsea Council shows residents are fed up with people using their streets as a public lavatory and also have concerns about noise levels.

However, it also revealed more than four-in-five people (82%) living in the borough rated the carnival, which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend as Good or Very Good.

The findings come after Kensington MP Victoria Borwick said the carnival-goers could be charged to attend in a bid to drive down costs of policing the event .

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Carnival consultation was carried out between December and January and received 2,249 responses, with 1,040 giving a K&C postcode.

Sixty-four per cent of residents said they enjoyed the atmosphere and 73% were pleased with the Carnival clean-up operation .

But 46% of local respondents said the provision of temporary toilets was a concern, as was people urinating in the street, which polled 43%.

Noise levels and road closures were issues raised by 32% and 34% respectively.

'Address residents' concerns'

The findings of the consultation was discussed at a Public Realm Scrutiny Committee on March 21. It said the council will now work with London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust (LNHCET) and others to address residents’ concerns.

A council spokesperson said: “We are pleased to see the local support residents have for the Notting Hill Carnival. It is one of the biggest events of the year in Britain and has been a part of local life for 50 years.

“There are always challenges with any event of such a size, particularly in the crowded streets of London, so it is gratifying that so many residents say that they enjoy it. We are also pleased to see that nearly three quarters of residents are happy with the clean-up operation.

“Every year we work closely with the organisers LNHCET, the police, London Ambulance , Westminster Council and others to facilitate Carnival, and continue to review what we all do to address residents’ concerns.

“Our aim is always to help ensure Carnival is enjoyable and safe for visitors and residents and that the streets are clean and the area returns to normal as soon as possible afterwards.”

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