Camden Town night time economy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2273
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Camden Town, receives some 130,000 visitors every weekend. The fallout of this on residents is appalling, with anti-social behaviour  including public urination, vomiting, defecation, noise from venues and car sound systems taking place up till 4am over the weekend from Thursday night to early Monday a.m. What action will you take through the police to deal with this growing problem?

Answer

Answer for Camden Town night time economy

Answer for Camden Town night time economy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is a considerable amount of work taking place in partnership between the police and Camden Council to tackle issues associated with the night-time economy. Operation Porlock is a partnership problem solving approach, which includes the use of a Controlled Drinking Zone; dispersal powers to address anti-social behaviour and direct contact between businesses and the police via radio. A police officer has also been posted in the Local Authority CCTV room to identify offenders.

Through the London Crime Prevention Fund, MOPAC is also funding a programme designed to combat night-time economy related disorder - the Camden Departure Lounge. Further information can be found at: www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-crime/our-work/crime-prevention/london-crime-prevention-fund. In addition the Metropolitan Police Service is part of the multi-agency 'Quiet Streets' initiative, which places more than 100 high visibility marshals in Camden Town working with the police to help disperse people more quickly and safely on Friday and Saturday nights.

MOPAC is also supportive of Camden Council's proposal to introduce a late night levy in the borough to enhance a twin track approach of focused enforcement and consistent and effective prevention activity.