In reply to an FOI request Ms Tot Brill has said that the Council plan to spend a million pounds of taxpayer’s money on an Exhibition Road Show to run for 9 days between 20th July and 12th August this year. Ostensibly this is to celebrate both the Olympics and the opening of the ‘new’ £22.4 million Exhibition Rd. As RBKC has already spent near £30,000 on the opening in February this year a second celebration seems unnecessary. The Road Show will feature outdoors dance, including ballroom, film, live and recorded music and other entertainment including the aerial type. Up to 10 mobile bars will serve alcohol. As the ‘premises’ is Exhibition Rd itself there will be no control on numbers present which with the ample alcohol supply could well lead to some public order problems. Exhibition Rd itself will be closed for parts of this period and residents parking removed. The whole Road Show will cause massive noise and nuisance problems to local residents and businesses who will already be inconvenienced by the Olympics itself. RBKC appears to be serving its own desires and not the community whose objections to the event have been ignored. It is scandalous that this expenditure is taking place in these austere times when cuts are being made.The expenditure involved equates to 500 households paying band H council tax. It is puzzling as to why this Show is being held at all in view of the many existing planned events in the Cultural Olympiade. And why hold it on Exhibition Rd where maximum inconvenience to residents will be caused. Why not Holland Park instead where there is space for people and noise dissipation? With a near £150M deficit in the Council’s Pension Scheme spending £1M on the frippery of a Road Show seems to show a lack of grip on the proper use of taxpayers money.