Organisers claim it was London’s first street food market but now Hackney council chiefs are opposing its licence renewal on the grounds that it has moved away from its street food roots and is now alcohol led.
What is now called The Last Days of Shoreditch, previously Night Tales, has been run in a site off Old Street since 2014, but it is now battling to renew its licence which expired at the end of December.
A new application to reopen this year for eight months has now been lodged, but council officers have opposed it. The location falls inside the Shoreditch special policy area (SPA) where new alcohol licences are only granted in “exceptional circumstances”.
The Hackney public health team say the area already has high incidences of crime and violence. In 2017 there were 496 alcohol related incidents, 217 of which were assaults.
Penny Bevan, director of public health, concluded: “The applicant has not proposed suitable measures which would promote the licensing objectives, nor mitigate against negative impact.”
A decision will be made by councillors on Tuesday next week.Tags: Hackney Shoreditch Licensing