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26/10/00
Night Time Curfew For the West End
- Council puts block on new late licences

NEW clubs, pubs and bars in the West End will not be allowed to open past 1am after Westminster Council, which controls most of central London, decided to clamp down on night owls.

"We need to get an equilibrium back into the West End's night economy," said Westminster Council leader Simon Milton. "After about 1am things can become grim."

Milton is due to announce a new policy whereby new licences will only be issued on the basis that premises shut up shop by 1am. The area has "reached saturation point," Milton said. Westminster Council is due to meet entertainment industry chiefs and local residents next Thursday to discuss its plans.

While Milton and his colleagues aim to curtail the growth of the capital's nightlife, London mayor Ken Livingstone plans to help late revellers by increasing the number and frequency of night buses and perhaps introducing a 24 hour tube service.




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