Licensing Expert In Charge Of Plans For The Capital’s Night-Life
A licensing expert will lead the Night Time Commission and help create Sadiq Khan’s vision of a thriving 24-hour party city.
London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has announced the appointment of lawyer Philip Kolvin QC as his new Chair of the revamped Night Time Commission. Khan requires the body to oversee the capital’s night-time entertainment economy and to create a thriving 24-hour city.
The UK’s nightlife industry has suffered significant losses in recent years due to the aftermath of the recession. For financial reasons, regular clubbers began to socialise on a more casual scale by partying at home or attending open-air music events. Consequently, many clubs were forced to close due to a lack of punters. Whilst London is still considered to be a global party destination, it has lost around 50% of its clubs and 40% of its live-music venues since 2008. Sadiq Khan has pledged his commitment to protecting the future of these vital cultural spaces by creating the Night Time Commission and hiring Philip Kolvin to lead up its operations.
Working With The Night Czar
Kolvin will work alongside London’s brand new Night Czar, Amy Lamé. Together the pair are assigned the mission of turning the capital into a vibrant and functioning 24-hour city. As well as safeguarding the future of London’s best night clubs and pubs, they will also protect the needs of local residents who simply want to get a good night’s sleep without experiencing disturbance from music or partygoers. Kolvin and Lamé will liaise with residents, property developers, local authorities, venue owners and the Metropolitan Police. They will aim to find solutions that work for all parties whilst allowing the capital’s night-time economy to prosper.
Night-Time Economy Is Worth Billions
Recent studies estimate that the capital’s night-time economy contributes an enormous £26.3 billion to London’s GDP. It is thought that this number will further increase to approximately £28.3 billion by 2029.
Kolvin brings a wealth of regulatory experience to the Chair of the Night Time Commission role. As a former Chairman of the Institute of Licensing, he is widely regarded as being the country’s leading expert on the subject. He is also the editor of various books about the leisure industry which include titles and topics dedicated to aspects of licensing, planning and regeneration.
Kolvin recently acted on behalf of the infamous Fabric nightclub which had its licence revoked in September 2016. The Farringdon club had been popular since its opening in 1999, yet it was forced to close following the review of two drug-related deaths at the venue. With the support of social media and a crowd-funding campaign, Kolvin worked with Islington council and the venue to reach an agreement which allowed the club to reopen under stringent new regulations. These include a new ID system, an enhanced surveillance system and a lifetime ban for anyone caught in possession of drugs.
Philip Kolvin’s extensive experience will be key to the success of the Night Time Commission. 2017 is set to be a fantastic year for the capital and it will be exciting to witness the changes that Kolvin and Lamé will bring to the nightlife industry in this world-class party city!