Licencing for Notting Hill Carnival between 1980 - 2016 inclusive

Toby Laurent Belson made this Freedom of Information request to Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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Toby Laurent Belson

Dear Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,

Please provide the following with regards licenced activity during Notting Hill Carnival:

* Full details of all licencing income received by the borough for licensable activities (eg stalls, street trading, any other activity) during the Notting Hill Carnival, between the years 1980-2016 inclusive.

* A full breakdown of the location of the activities and cost structures - IE annual pricing and locations - wherever they exist.

* An annual summary of any outgoing cost to the borough of administering all licensing actitivities during Notting Hill Carnival for the years requested.

* Details of refused licences for the years requested, including reasons where applicable.

* All licence-related consultations and/or communications - whether printed or digital - that have gone to residents and businesses in and around the footprint of carnival.

Yours faithfully,

Toby Laurent Belson

Freedom of Information: CP-ICT: RBKC, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear Mr. Laurent Belson

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST REF: 2016-1522

                                                                                                

I am writing to confirm that we received your information request on 12
December 2016. For your information and future communications your request
has been allocated the reference number FOI2016-1522. Please quote this
reference in any future correspondence.

 

We will consider your request and respond in accordance with the
requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our duty is to
respond promptly or at least within 20 working days.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Governance and Management Officer

Shared ICT Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Email: [1][email address] | Website: [2]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

 

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Yu, Robin: CP-ICT: RBKC, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear Mr. Laurent Belson,

 

Section 39 of the Freedom of Information Act provides that environmental
information shall be handled in accordance with the Environmental
Information Regulations (EIR). Your request has been handled in accordance
with EIR as it is our opinion that information held in relation to Notting
Hill Carnival will constitute environmental information. These matters are
considered to be measures likely to affect the elements and factors listed
in paragraphs (a) and (b) of the definition of environmental information
as set out in regulation 2(1). For example, the carnival affects land use,
waste generation and disposal, water provision and drainage, energy use
and noise, amongst others.

 

Your request is being processed under the Environmental Information
Regulations.

 

The complexity and volume of the information requested means that it is
impracticable for the council to comply with the request or make a
decision to refuse to do so within 20 working days. Therefore, in
accordance with regulation 7(1) of EIR, the council is extending the
deadline to respond to the request to 40 working days. You will receive a
response on or before 9 February 2017.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Governance and Management Officer

Shared ICT Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Email: [email address] | Website: [1]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

 

From: Freedom of Information: CP-ICT: RBKC
Sent: 13 December 2016 08:08
To: Toby Laurent Belson <[FOI #376718 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Licencing for Notting Hill
Carnival between 1980 - 2016 inclusive

 

Dear Mr. Laurent Belson

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST REF: 2016-1522

                                                                                                

I am writing to confirm that we received your information request on 12
December 2016. For your information and future communications your request
has been allocated the reference number FOI2016-1522. Please quote this
reference in any future correspondence.

 

We will consider your request and respond in accordance with the
requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our duty is to
respond promptly or at least within 20 working days.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Governance and Management Officer

Shared ICT Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

Email: [2][email address] | Website: [3]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

 

 

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Yu, Robin: CP-ICT: RBKC, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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Dear Mr. Laurent Belson

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF: 2016-1522

 

I am responding to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
which we received on 12 December 2016, for information held by the
Council. You requested:

 

* Full details of all licencing income received by the borough for
licensable activities (eg stalls, street trading, any other activity)
during the Notting Hill Carnival, between the years 1980-2016 inclusive.

 

* A full breakdown of the location of the activities and cost structures -
IE annual pricing and locations - wherever they exist.

 

* An annual summary of any outgoing cost to the borough of administering
all licensing actitivities during Notting Hill Carnival for the years
requested.

 

* Details of refused licences for the years requested, including reasons
where applicable.

 

* All licence-related consultations and/or communications - whether
printed or digital - that have gone to residents and businesses in and
around the footprint of carnival.

 

Street Trading at the Notting Hill Carnival is licensed using the
regulations laid out in Part III of the London Local Authorities Act 1990
and its amendments.

 

Carnival licences are issued as temporary licences each year under Section
31 of the above Act. Under this Section there is no requirement for any
consultation, although were required sites are discussed at the
multi-agency Operational Safety Planning Group. 

 

We have attached licensed locations going back to 2012 as we do not retain
documents longer than 5 years. Therefore, unfortunately we will not be
able to provide documentation up to 1980.

 

The licence fee is decided using the parameters in Section 32 of the
London Local Authorities Act. We have attached the last 5 years of budget
breakdown which is used to decide the licence fee. We charge a per square
meter charge as we feel that this is the fairest way to charge traders.

 

Even though the income generated by licence fees at the Notting Hill
Carnival is over £261,000 this is a self-financing process.

 

The Street Trading application process is managed in three stages, the
first stage is inviting all traders from the previous year to apply for
the same site again. This is subject to them not being expelled at the
previous Carnival for breaches of licence conditions. A copy of the 2016
conditions has been attached to this reply. During the first stage traders
are asked to identify any sites that may wish to transfer to should they
be vacant after the first stage has been completed. The second stage of
this process is to transfer traders to any suitable vacant sites. Between
the end of the previous Carnival and the end of the stage two of the
application process the Council has as what is known as the ‘reserve list’
open. This enables new traders to register an interest to apply for street
trading licenses. The third and final stage of the application process is
allowing new traders to apply for all remaining sites. The only reasons
for refusing applicants a street trading licence for Carnival is:

 

1.       The have been expelled for breach of licence conditions,

2.       They have not supplied all the required documentation,

3.       There are no more sites available.

Complaints

 

I trust this has satisfied your request. Should you be unhappy with the
handling of your request, the Council has an internal complaints process
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further right to appeal to the Information Commissioner who is responsible
for ensuring compliance with FOIA.  

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Governance and Management Officer

Shared ICT Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

mail: [2][email address] | Website: [3]http://www.rbkc.gov.uk

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