The announced closure of a much-loved Hackney nightclub, Dance Tunnel, underlines the need for local authorities to act quickly and decisively when looking to balance the benefits of the night time economy with the views of local residents, according to ALMR Chief Executive, Kate Nicholls.
The club has announced that it will close in August, citing an ‘impossible’ licensing climate. This follows a scrapped consultation by Hackney Borough Council, on proposals to close venues at 11.00pm and not to issue any new licenses in certain areas of the borough. A new consultation was planned for this year, but looks to have come too late to save Dance Tunnel.
ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls: “The delay in Hackney’s consultation, leading to Dance Tunnel’s closure announcement, shows how the fortunes of nightclubs are based on tight margins. A speedy resolution to the licensing issue here may well have saved Dance Tunnel, a venue highly valued by many London clubbers.
“Nightclubs are an important social and economic element of the night time economy but there are nearly half as many open today than there were just a decade ago. Licensing authorities need to recognise the need to allow nightclubs to prosper, if the British high street is to remain on track for recovery.”