We are frequently contacted by local residents who are disturbed by venues on the A10 that are failing to adhere to the terms of the premises licenses. This is an issue that has got worse and we pledged during the recent election to campaign for tougher action against anti social behaviour and noise nuisance from pubs and clubs.
One option was to introduce a Special Policy Area (a SPA) for licensing premises in Stoke Newington and Dalston. There is currently one in operation in Shoreditch. The aim of a SPA is to help to manage the night time economy and ensure there is a balance between successful businesses that attract people to our area and the right of residents living nearby to have a good night's sleep. It’s not aiming to stop new businesses or put an end to the vibrant night time economy in this area (which as local residents we enjoy too!) but instead make sure that when late licenses are applied for, the applicants demonstrate that they can run their venues responsibly and not contribute to cumulative impacts of public nuisance, anti social behaviour and noise in the local area.
The Licensing Service at the Council has now launched a consultation on the Council’s revised Statement of Licensing Policy which will come into effect on 7 January 2011. Alongside general licensing issues, the Policy contains proposals to extend the Special Policy Area to Dalston and Stoke Newington. We believe this would be a positive move and help to address a lot of the issues that local residents have been experiencing along the A10.
The consultation runs until 25 October 2010 and there are more details online here
There is an online survey here - do fill it in and have your say on licensing issues in Hackney.