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Late-night licensees will be encouraged to keep their premises clean and ...
Late-night licensees will be encouraged to keep their premises clean and

litter-free otherwise run the risk of losing their licence under New York

style laws announced today by Westminster City Council.

Under the existing Rules of Management for Westminster's entertainment

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

licence revoked.

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.'

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