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London council to vote on enforcing a ‘blanket curfew’

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London council to vote on enforcing a ‘blanket curfew’

Hackney Council in east London will vote this week on proposals to implement strict new licensing conditions. 

The authority for the London borough, famous for its diverse and thriving nightlife, will vote to double the size of a Cumulative Impact Zone (CIP) in Shoreditch.

The move could limit new licences and enforce closing times of 11pm on weeknights and midnight at weekends on those that do gain approval.

The proposals have proved controversial with 77.5% of respondents to a council consultation believing the measures would have a negative impact.

Jonathan Downey, a Hackney resident and the founder of Street Feast parent company London Union, told The Caterer in March that such measures would create “stagnant” high streets. 

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls has also spoken out against the proposal tweeting: “Hackney says it wants to promote diversity – but how does a blanket curfew achieve it? These plans threaten vibrancy.”

The council has said the proposals are not intended to be used as a blanket measure, adding that each license will be considered on its merits.

A cost-benefit analysis supporting the council’s plan suggests food-led operations are more cost effective for the authority, suggesting promoting these above drink-led venues.

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