Weekend raves in local parks like London Fields cannot continue. Without proper safeguards, the Government’s rushed easing of alcohol licensing restrictions is only making things worse.
Of course, businesses need support but not at any cost. We have already seen antisocial behaviour on a scale that would have been unimaginable a few months ago.
I am in touch with businesses and residents locally and I'm working to build an alliance of MPs and Peers to get the Government to see common sense. A number of businesses, which this easing is designed to support, are nervous about how they will manage behaviour in some areas.
The cost to the council and the police of managing a licensing free-for-all could be huge. This won't be a cost that the Government will cover so it will hit council services hard.