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Hackney Council to introduce new "core opening hours"

Businesses under Hackney Council’s jurisdiction have cited a recent decision to approve strict licensing conditions, including limited opening hours for licencees as “disastrous”. The council’s new “core hours policy” suggests closing times of 11pm on weeknights, and a suggested closing time of midnight on weekends. However, the council has responded to operators’ protests by claiming that the document should be treated as a “guide” rather than a “blanket policy.”

Controversially, the council for the London borough, long famed for its diverse and prosperous nightlife, also voted to double the size of a Cumulative Impact Zone (CIP) in Shoreditch. A council consultation confirmed locals’ disdain for the decision, with 77.5% of respondents claiming they felt it would have a detrimental effect on trade.

Jonathan Downey of Street Feast, whose parent company, London Union saw a 40% increase to £12.8m in 2017 said: “This is a disgraceful decision and a shameful failure of elected officials to listen to the views of residents. It is disastrous for the life and vibrancy of Hackney…this is not over, and we will not be ignored.”

Meanwhile, Tim Foster co-owner of The Yummy Pub Co. shared his contempt for the decision view Twitter: “Shame on all of you @MayorofLondon how to lose an incredible economy from one who already has his license to trade I want to inspire the new, diverse, unique future operators. Trust this tweet, you’ll regret it!!”

UKHospitality ceo Kate Nicholls also commented via Twitter than the blanket curfew "threatens vibrancy."

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