“I am committed to using the influence of my office to overcome the numerous challenges facing the night time economy.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has responded to an online petition set up as an attempt to save fabric following the recent deaths of two teenagers in the club. Khan left a comment on the petion stating that he wants to ensure the safety of clubbers whilst also noting that the authorities involved will need to take ‘real action’ regarding the future of fabric.
“Clubbing needs to be safe. There have been two tragic deaths at Fabric over recent months and there are clearly issues that need addressing,” Khan wrote. “Fabric, the Metropolitan Police and Islington will of course have to take real action to protect the safety of everyone who enjoys a night out at the club.”
Khan also stressed that the issue at hand was not one that could made by the mayor himself or by city hall “I am committed to using the influence of my office to overcome the numerous challenges facing the night time economy.” He went on to add. “However, it is important to note that City Hall does not have the power to intervene in licensing cases like the current situation with Fabric.”
In the final paragraphs of his comment the mayor confirmed that he still wishes to champion common sense in response to the deaths at fabric and that he supports the petition’s sentiment. “My team have spoken to all involved in the current situation and I am urging them to find a common sense solution that ensures the club remains open while protecting the safety of those who want to enjoy London’s clubbing scene.” He wrote. “I welcome your call for us all to work together – City Hall, London’s music venues, local authorities, the police and others – to make our clubs.”
Read Khan’s full statement and see the petition over at Change.org.