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Hackney Council’s SoP to be legally challenged

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Hackney Council’s SoP to be legally challenged 27th October 2018

Hackney Council’s licensing act statement of policy (SoP) is to be challenged in the High Court.

Hackney’s revised SoP extended and maintained the Special Policy Area (SPA) in Shoreditch and Dalston and adopted a new “core hours” policy.

According to reports, the “core hours” policy requires venues to close at 11pm during the week and midnight at weekends, with no outside drinking allowed after 10pm. An express presumption has also been put in place against granting new late night licences for venues in the SPA.

The legal action is being brought by We Love Hackney, a not-for-profit company set up by local residents who campaign for policies that support “a diverse, innovative and thriving night-time economy for all local people” in the area.

We Love Hackney is looking to raise £20,000 via Crowd Justice towards the claim.

Lawyers acting for We Love Hackney, who instructed Philip Kolvin QC, said: ““The public sector equality duty requires the council to consider the equality impact of policies it is proposing to adopt. In the case of the SLP the council failed: it had no proper regard to the impact of the decision on young people and the LGBTQ+ community in Hackney, communities which our clients say are the very reason Hackney is such a great place to live, work and visit.”

A spokesperson for Hackney said it was unable to comment at this stage as it was an ongoing legal matter.

Source: Local Government Lawyer

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