The borough councils of Bromley, Lambeth and Greenwich will every be awarded £130,000 in funding to develop methods of creating streets extra welcoming after 6pm and boosting night time time companies.
It follows a profitable pilot of the scheme in Walthamstow in 2019 which noticed opening instances prolonged and better promotion of late-night occasions, leading to a 22 per cent enhance in footfall.
London’s Night time Czar Amy Lamé stated the Night time Time Enterprise Zones will “present implausible alternatives to profit from our excessive streets across the clock” and can assist to “drive ahead our financial restoration”.
She stated: “These new zones permit us to work in partnership with boroughs to offer a lift to companies, communities and the wellbeing of night time staff and assist us to pioneer higher methods of residing, working and doing enterprise after darkish.”
The three new zones have been chosen following an open bidding course of between June and July this yr wherein 18 boroughs submitted bids.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan stated: “Native companies and excessive streets are on the coronary heart of our communities, however they’re struggling because of the spiralling price of doing enterprise and the lasting impression of the pandemic. I’m dedicated to doing all I can to assist them throughout these difficult instances and am proud that we’re creating three Night time Time Enterprise Zones to convey modern concepts that can assist our excessive streets after 6pm.”
In Bromley, the council is planning to introduce library lates and post-6pm sporting occasions, in addition to night time markets and winter gentle shows. Vauxhall will rejoice the world’s LGBTQ historical past in partnership with standard venue the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
Greenwich Council will use the funds to ship a “year-round mixture of occasions” in Woolwich geared toward selling it as a late night time vacation spot.
However the resolution to call Woolwich as a Night time Time Enterprise Zone has raised eyebrows after it was not too long ago revealed Greenwich Council spent £10,000 to fence off a big space of the city centre to forestall folks gathering on Halloween and Bonfire Night time.
The choice got here following dysfunction over Halloween and Bonfire Night time final yr whereby 4 law enforcement officials have been injured after people began throwing “lots of” of lit fireworks at one another and members of the general public.
Basic Gordon Sq., positioned subsequent to Woolwich Arsenal Station, was closed to the general public for 2 weeks from October 24 this yr at a price of £10,000 to the council.
Greenwich Council chief Anthony Okereke stated the choice to call Woolwich as a Night time Time Enterprise Zone was an “thrilling alternative to develop a extra vibrant, various and inclusive night-time economic system in Woolwich”.
He stated: “The Night time Time Enterprise Zone will increase our ongoing work to encourage extra folks to assist Woolwich companies and spend time in our excessive streets. We would like our residents and companies to really feel the advantage of this. Our involvement within the programme ought to assist construct confidence within the city centre as an evening time vacation spot, connecting the rising night time time exercise on the Arsenal with the city centre and boosting Woolwich’s profile as a ‘lates’ vacation spot. We sit up for working with native companies and communities to develop a programme that brings enduring advantages for the world.”