NEW MUSIC venues opening in the East London borough of Hackney will be forced to close at midnight under new plans brought in by the council.
In an effort to reduce anti-social behaviour, Hackney Council has introduced licensing regulations which stipulate new venues must shut at 11pm on weekdays, and imposed a midnight curfew at the weekend.
Businesses wishing to operate beyond these times will need to demonstrate how they will mitigate against potential problems.
“The updated policy will not affect existing businesses and is not a blanket ban on all new venues – we will consider all new applications on a case-by-case basis,” says Caroline Selman, the council’s cabinet member for community safety, policy and the voluntary sector.
“The policy simply puts the onus on new applicants to demonstrate that they understand the pressures in each area and that by opening later their businesses will not have a negative impact. We will support them to do this.”
A consultation into the plan saw 73 per cent of the 680 respondents oppose the curfew.
The Mayor of London’s night czar Amy Lamé, who has been involved in discussions with the council, has been criticised by some businesses for failing to do more to stop the policy being implemented.
“My role is to help get everyone to sit around the table, talking together, to represent the needs of the night-time economy in those conversations, and ultimately to find a solution that works for everyone,” she says in a statement.