Members of Hackney Council have just introduced a new law that makes it virtually impossible for clubs to gain and keep licences.
Special Policy Areas (SPAs) have been introduced to various places around southern England, despite the majority of residents being against these policies. SPAs have almost singled out nightclubs specifically, making them harder to run due to granting less late night hours.
Club culture has long been something that’s important to the youth of London, and many ravers and club owners alike have expressed their distain for the destructive new laws.
DJ, producer and club kingpin Dan Beaumont has said that “There is no way I would be able to open Dalston Superstore or Voodoo Ray’s under Hackney’s new licensing policy. SPAs are specifically designed to make it almost impossible for late licenses to be granted, and to deter operators like me from even making the application in the first place.”
As Sydney pushes against the lockout laws, it seems that London’s nightlife may be the next to take a hit, with earlier closing hours for new venues than we get over here!