Consultation launches over Hackney’s night-time economy issues

Shoreditch has one of the most vibrant night-time economies in London. Picture: Peter Sigrist (flick

Shoreditch has one of the most vibrant night-time economies in London. Picture: Peter Sigrist ( - Credit: Archant

Hackney Council has launched a consultation calling for people’s views on the ongoing issues surrounding the night-time economy in Shoreditch and Dalston.

The search continues to find a policy that works for the businesses that bring economic benefits and visitors to the borough and the neighbours affected by anti-social behaviour late at night.

The town hall angered both groups last year by proposing to close new pubs and bars at 11pm on weeknights, and then scrapping those plans.

But it is now looking to build bridges and has “promised to take more time to listen” to people’s views.

The talks, which run until July 17, follow a meet-and-greet event for neighbours and businesses earlier this year.

Kim Wright, group director for neighbourhoods and housing, said: “Our night-time economy is really important to us. Its growth has contributed to wider economic benefits and to making Hackney a vibrant, creative place with a worldwide reputation, but it can also attract antisocial behaviour, which has a real impact on the quality of life of some of our residents.

“The proposals contained in our draft licensing policy published last year caused concerns with some people, so this time we’ve promised to take more time to listen and spend more time finding out people’s views, so that we can try to shape a policy that works for both those who enjoy and contribute to our thriving night-time economy, but also our residents, who have a right to not be disturbed by it.

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“This is just one part of a wider piece of work we’re doing around alcohol licensing and the night-time economy. Alongside the consultation and independent studies, feedback gathered there will help to shape our approach. It’s important we get this right, so I’d encourage anyone with an interest to get involved.”

The consultation is available here.