Calls for increased control on drink-related problems in central London
Bar and restaurant operators, property agents, councillors and police have all called for measures to solve drink related problems in central London.
At the Restaurant Property Advisors Society's forum, Leisure in London: Is it Out of Control?, a more balanced approach and better communication were called for.
Julian Skeens, head of Jeffrey Green Russell's licensing department, said partnership was vital, as was the acceptance by Westminster Council that the Licensing Act 2003 (which introduced 24-hour opening), was in force.
Glendola Leisure Director, Alex Salussolia, added: "There needs to be more communication and better understanding from the Council about what the licensing act means to businesses in the area."
Speakers suggested a review of transport in central London.
David Coffer, chair of Davis Coffer Lyons, said: "To get unruly behaviour off the streets, we must give people a way to get home in the early hours."
Speakers also called for an independent body to oversee planning and licensing applications.