London mayor Sadiq Khan weighs in on fabric's closure

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  • "My team have spoken to all involved in the current situation and I am urging them to find a common sense solution."
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  • London mayor Sadiq Khan has responded to the petition trying to save fabric. The statement, posted to change.org today, follows a tweet released on August 17th, in which Khan urged police and council figures "to find an approach that protects clubbers' safety and the future of the club." Today's lengthier statement reiterates Khan's plans to appoint a Night Czar to champion London night time culture and economy, while urging all parties involved in fabric's present situation to find a "common sense solution." Khan was elected the new mayor of London this past May, running on a platform that included preserving the city's "iconic club scene." Read an excerpt from today's statement.
    I am committed to using the influence of my office to overcome the numerous challenges facing the night time economy. However, it is important to note that City Hall does not have the power to intervene in licensing cases like the current situation with Fabric. Clubbing needs to be safe. There have been two tragic deaths at Fabric over recent months and there are clearly issues that need addressing. Fabric, the Metropolitan Police and Islington will of course have to take real action to protect the safety of everyone who enjoys a night out at the club. My team have spoken to all involved in the current situation and I am urging them to find a common sense solution that ensures the club remains open while protecting the safety of those who want to enjoy London’s clubbing scene. I welcome your call for us all to work together—City Hall, London’s music venues, local authorities, the police and others—to make our clubs safer while also protecting our night time economy.
    Sign the petition here.