Published: 14 September, 2012
by ANDREW JOHNSON
LICENSING chiefs were expected last night give the to green light to a clampdown on Islington’s party town reputation.
New measures being considered include a “late-night levy” which will see bars and clubs forced to pay between £300 and £4,500 a year to the Town Hall if they open after midnight.
Councillors are also considering taking up powers to scale back the opening hours of all licensed premises in parts of the borough.
A report published in June warned that “public services may be unable to cope” unless the “wild west” atmosphere of some areas, such as Angel, was rolled back.
Islington has the second highest number of bars, clubs and off licences per head of population in London.