litter-free otherwise run the risk of losing their licence under New York
style laws announced today by Westminster City Council.
premises, licensees are required to keep all areas of their premises clean
with waste adequately stored. From 1 October, these conditions will apply to
all licensees under amendments to the Standard Conditions for Night Cafes.
As a result, Westminster's 583 licensed entertainment establishments and
night cafés will take responsibility for the overall cleanliness of their
premises, as part of their licence conditions. Establishments that fail to
maintain their premises to a reasonable standard could face having their
Those falling under the banner will include fast food outlets, bars and
restaurants. Under these new conditions, they will be required to keep the
frontage of the premises, from the pavement to the kerb edge immediately
outside, clean and free from litter during all licensed hours of operation.
These changes follow a successful approach adopted by New York City, where
local business are required to keep their premises clean and tidy 24 hours a
Chair of the planning & licensing committee, Angela Hooper
said: 'New York is a good example of a world-class city where street
cleansing is taken very seriously by the general business community.
'Just like New York we face a daily influx of more than one million people
coming into the city each day. The clean-up operation is a mammoth task and
we encourage licensees to work with council to rid our streets of this
increasing mess and filth across the city.
These new laws will play a major role in the Council's Civic Renewal
programme which is placing a strong emphasis on finding common sense
solutions to keeping London tidy with frequent and efficient street
Cllr Hooper added: 'Dirty streets not only reflects poorly on London
but also on the business in question. It's everyone's responsibility to help
clean-up their act so we can improve the quality of life in central London.'