The organisers of the Notting Hill Carnival today rejected proposals to ticket the annual event. 

Earlier this month, it emerged that local residents were considering a proposal to make Carnival a ticketed event. The proposal also put forward the idea of scrapping the Bank Holiday Monday finale and only hosting Carnival on Saturday and Sunday, so that more stewards could be employed per day.

Organisers of the festival have today rejected this proposal, according to the Evening Standard. They also suggested it would be “impractical” to scrap the traditional August Bank Holiday Monday finale to cut back on policing costs.

This year’s Carnival saw the highest number of arrests in the event’s history (over 400), but Pepe Francis, chair of the organising committee, claimed that Carnival’s crime levels were “minuscule” given the number of revellers.

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