Trade bodies have welcomed the creation of a night mayor to support the capital late night economy.
Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers said a report published by the Mayor’s London Music Venues Taskforce raised important issues for the sector.
She said: “London is a world class city with iconic venues which not only generate jobs, growth and investment at the heart of local communities but also draw tourists in their millions. It is only right that London has a world class regulatory regime to help that economy survive and thrive – a night mayor would give us that holistic overview and will be particularly key in the run up to the introduction of the Night Tube.
“But our pubs, bars and nightclubs across the UK provide a fertile first step for musicians are also deserving of our support. That’s why we will be talking about this report not just with the Mayor’s office but with national and local politicians.”
Alan Miller, chairman of the Night Time Industries Association, said: “As with moving next to an airport or motorway, when an area already has a vibrant nightlife and night time economy, the London Plan should protect the vitally important economic and cultural activity that is one of the few dynamic areas in UK business and which is at the heart of our cities and high streets.
“While Agent of Change is very important and should help to redress the balance of venues and new residents, we have found that licensing and regulations in the recent period has been especially hard on venues of all kinds – and while this is primarily a Report for Planning, the role of Night Time Economy Champion and The Music Development Board will need to work hard to reduce some of the recent pressures.”