Night time industry impact on residents

MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On 23 February, your Night Czar, Amy Lamé, gave a speech to night time industry leaders, councillors, police and the culture sector at an event organised by the Night Time Industries Association and the Creative Industries Federation. In so boosting London's night time culture, do you agree that there is a balance to be struck between the interests of night time economy businesses and customers and those of residents who may be inconvenienced or worse as the result of anti social behaviour and other crimes that are linked to the night time economy; and if so, where is that balance to be struck?


Answer for Night time industry impact on residents

Answer for Night time industry impact on residents

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London's diverse night time economy and culture, from theatres and pubs, to restaurants, music venues and nightclubs, is second to none and forms an essential part of the city's cultural offer. It brings £26.3bn to London's economy every year and employs one in eight people in the capital.

I want to make London the world's leading light for nightlife, but to do this we've got to keep everyone happy, so I agree that balancing the needs of those who work at night, those who want to enjoy the nightlife and those who want a good night's sleep is key.

There is currently no oversight of this critical part of London's economy. This is why I have appointed the UK's first Night Czar and the Chair of my Night Time Commission, who are working hand-in-glove with businesses, local authorities, the MPS, TfL and residents to share best practice and ensure that a balance is struck between the needs of businesses and residents.