A protest against Hackney Council’s controversial licensing policy will take place this Friday


A Facebook event is calling for people to participate in a protest this Friday (27 July) to put pressure on Hackney Council following their decision to enforce a midnight curfew on new clubs.

The protest has been organised by the local residents of Hackney, and the demonstration will show the community’s opposition to the recent approval of a new licensing policy, which demands that all new venues – clubs, bars and pubs – are to close by 11pm on weekdays and 12am on weekends. The demonstration will be held outside the Hackney Town Hall on 27 July at 12pm.

Hackney Council’s new policy has courted controversy upon its approval. Before the vote took place, a consultation showed that 84% of Hackney’s residents were against the curfews. 680 people were surveyed in the consultation process.

We Love Hackney, a campaign set up by a group of residents, recently released an open letter to the Council. It stated: “This issue is critically important to the future of our borough. The night time economy directly supports 4,720 jobs (4.1% of those in Hackney), brings £219m into the borough – and, perhaps most importantly, has given Hackney a world wide reputation for its vibrant, diverse cultural life.”

Last week, Night Czar Amy Lamé expressed her concerns over the restrictive policies. Read her tweet below.