Amusingly the comment about the charge quickly escalating seems to have already increased it by 20% from £10 to £12....
Has anyone living within the outlined zone been contacted about this yet or been advised how they and any NY house guests will be treated?
I live within the zone and haven't been contacted yet because any contact would have let the cat out of the bag and ruined BoJo's moment in the news today.
I do wonder if the £10 ticket for 100,000 people will pay the costs of policing our area or will we, as usual, the taxpayers pick up another tab.
Who pays for the firework display anyway?
I hope I'm not included in the answer.
It's a ridiculous idea to charge to see the fireworks. It will not improve safety because the majority of people who come to see the fireworks don't get into the desired area anyway - and they don't care as long as they are among like minded people and can see some of the display. The revenue is expected to pay for the extra security required in order to police a ticketed area and so security elsewhere will likely be the same as previous years. I think it is disgraceful that tourists will make their way to see the fireworks and will be shocked to find they need a ticket; no other country would dream of charging for a large public display like this. It's an ill-thought plan and I think they should have looked at alternatives that would spread the crowds. For example, smaller (cheaper) displays along a wider stretch of the river - a mini version of year 2000, or perhaps lazer displays from some of the taller buildings. Or how about some kind of light display on boats traveling along the whole length of the river. It doesn't really matter what it is, as long as people have a place to go to celebrate publicly and have a good time. And what is wrong with that?
I predict that some will pay the £10 charge, and many others will crowd into the surrounding streets causing a problem for the long suffering residents in the area.
I agree with Karen that we could use boats and barges along the length of the river, and forget about charging.
Heard a chap on the radio from Boris' office saying that we should all watch it on the telly anyway.
Then why bother putting on a display if you don't want anyone to see it?