London Assembly Labour Group Leader, Len Duvall, has today responded to news that the Mayor will charge £10 for tickets to London's iconic New Year's Eve fireworks display.
“While public safety must be top priority, the Mayor needs to make the case that ticketing is the best way of achieving this. Without that transparency people may see this as little more than a money making exercise, especially if costs are allowed to creep up each year.
“London’s fireworks are one of the most iconic New Year’s Eve celebrations in the world, but it is important that enjoying the celebrations does not become prohibitively expensive for average Londoners and the many thousands of tourists who come to watch them. £10 a ticket might not seem extortionate but for a family the cost can quickly rack up.
“Around 500,000 attended the fireworks last year, yet only 100,000 tickets will be on sale this year. Either hundreds of thousands of people will miss out or many will still turn up in the hope of seeing the display without paying. How will these extra people be accommodated, and how will the authorities prevent a two-tier system of spectators developing – those paying and those not?”