Councillors will be forced to vote on Bermondsey Carnival funding at the March council assembly, the Liberal Democrats revealed on Friday.
The Southwark Liberal Democrats submitted a motion that asks the council to commit money for the carnival to have a full return this year.
Southwark Labour cut funding for the Bermondsey Carnival for 2022. The carnival is typically a free event held in Southwark Park.
The council is proposing to host the MIK K-pop festival in Southwark Park this summer, which will be a private event.
Commenting, Cllr Hamish McCallum, Southwark Liberal Democrat group leader and North Bermondsey councillor said:
“This is a classic example of Labour not listening to residents when it comes to decision-making. In one swoop, Labour’s policies suggest a potential future of profiting off Southwark Park with events like the K-pop festival, while residents lose out on important community gatherings like Bermondsey Carnival. What is shocking is that they have made this decision after a pandemic that has severely restricted us from seeing each other at diverse, inclusive events like the Bermondsey Carnival.”