Late night levy to be introduced in Redbridge

Late night levy to be introduced in Redbridge

Proposals to introduce a late night levy in the London Borough Redbridge have been recommended for approval.

The proposals were approved by councillors at a special meeting of the council’s Licensing Committee. They will now go forward to a meeting of full council for further consideration on Thursday 16 January 2020.

The late night levy, which is expected to raise almost £80,000 per year, will be used to tackle antisocial behaviour and invest in additional enforcement officers, patrolling the street.

Under these new proposals, licensed premises operating between midnight and 6am across Redbridge will be required to pay a late-night levy from 1 May 2020.

Around 113 shops and bars across the borough will be charged the levy, which will be based on their rateable value and whether they primarily or exclusively are used to sell alcohol and whether it is served on their premises.

A formal statutory consultation took place in summer 2019, inviting responses from businesses and the local community – 74% of respondents supported the proposal to introduce the levy.