London mayor Sadiq Khan 'disappointed' with decision to close fabric

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  • Khan says "this decline must stop" if London is to remain a 24-hour city.
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  • Sadiq Khan has issued a statement about last night's decision to revoke fabric's license. Writing on Facebook, Khan says that he's "disappointed that fabric, Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police were unable to reach agreement on how to address concerns about public safety." He goes to state that the "issues faced by fabric point to a wider problem of how we protect London's night-time economy," and stresses that those involved must "work together" on such issues. He also reiterates his plans to appoint a Night Czar, which he says will "bring together key stakeholders" in London's nightlife. Khan points out that London has lost "50 percent of its nightclubs and 40 percent of its live music venues" in the past few years, and that "this decline must stop" if London is to remain a 24-hour city. The mayor's latest statement follows a series of comments on fabric's troubles, in which he's repeatedly voiced his support for the club while conceding that he's not in a position to influence Islington Council's decision. Read the full statement.
    London's iconic clubs are an essential part of our cultural landscape. Clubbing needs to be safe but I'm disappointed that fabric, Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police were unable to reach agreement on how to address concerns about public safety. As a result of this decision, thousands of people who enjoyed ?going to fabric as an essential part of London's nightlife will lose out. The issues faced by fabric point to a wider problem of how we protect London's night-time economy, while ensuring it is safe and enjoyable for everyone. Over the past eight years, London has lost 50 percent of its nightclubs and 40 percent of its live music venues. This decline must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class nightlife. I am in the process of appointing a Night Czar who will bring together key stakeholders including club and venue owners, local authorities, the Metropolitan Police and members of the public. No single organisation or public body can solve these problems alone—we all need to work together to ensure London thrives as a 24-hour city, in a way that is safe and enjoyable for everyone.