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Time for a change in policy for pubs and bars around Clapham High Street?

Lambeth Council wants to hear the views of local people on whether tighter restrictions should be introduced on the licensing of bars and restaurants in Clapham.

Clapham has a thriving and vibrant evening economy with many people attracted to the area because of its nightlife, but there are concerns that the number of licensed premises in the area could be having a negative impact on the levels of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The council is therefore currently considering whether to introduce what is known as a “cumulative impact” or “saturation” policy in the area for premises that sell alcohol. If adopted, it would mean that any new applications for bars or restaurants selling alcohol, or significant changes to existing licences, would be turned down if local residents or statutory bodies objected, unless the applicants could demonstrate that their applications would not have a negative impact on the area.

Cllr Rachel Heywood, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “We’re not prepared to tolerate rowdiness and drunken anti-social behaviour in our town centres, and although one of the things that attracts people to Clapham is its nightlife, there is growing concern among local people and traders about the number of bars and pubs in the area.

“I’m determined that people should be able to visit Clapham at night without fear of abuse or intimidation from groups of people who have had too much to drink. I’d urge people to take part in this consultation so we can get the balance right and make sure local people’s quality of life is not affected by anti-social drinking.”

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