London Mayor launches nightlife consultation

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a consultation into the health of the capital’s nightlife.

The consultation, which runs until 31 May, calls on the public to respond to the London Assembly’s Culture and Night Time Economy Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) document.

The results will be used to help inform existing and future policies, including the SPG. Take part.

The night-time economy brings £26.3bn to London’s economy every year and employs one in eight people in the city.

Adam Cooper, from City Hall’s Culture Team, said: ‘We now have a huge opportunity to make London’s night time economy and culture an even richer proposition.

‘But there are challenges to harnessing the full benefits of this part of our economy. We must work with local authorities, residents, revellers, police and local businesses. A balanced approach is the key to our success.

‘This SPG sets out the Mayor’s preferred approach and Local Planning Authorities are strongly encouraged to follow this approach.’

In related news, the Mayor’s Office has produced an audit of the capital’s public houses, finding 1,220 pubs have closed since 2001, an average loss of 81 per year.

Two London boroughs reported a loss of over 50 per cent of their pubs – Barking and Dagenham (a loss of 56 per cent) and Newham (52 per cent)

Hackney, the only borough that did not report an overall loss, saw an increase of 3 per cent since 2001.

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