Lambeth Council could use new laws to stop nightclubs and bars in part of the borough serving alcohol after midnight.
A public consultation will get the views of local residents and businesses to help understand the impact of alcohol related anti-social behaviour and public nuisance linked to three specific venues in Clapham: The Artesian Well nightclub, Lost Society bar and Mist on Rocks bar.
The outcome may result in them facing the new restrictions under the capital’s first Early Morning Alcohol Restriction Order (EMRO).
Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Neighbourhoods, said: “Residents have been complaining about alcohol-related problems in this particular corner of the borough for years, including nuisance, anti-social behaviour and large amounts of noise.”
“We are consulting on using this strong measure and if there is support for it from people in the area then the council will seriously consider putting the EMRO in place.”
Lambeth Council has been discussing the restriction order with the Home Office which has offered to work with the local authority to ensure that the public consultation is carried out in line with the new legislation.
If adopted the EMRO could come into force from January 2014 and ban the sale of alcohol from midnight to 6am in the affected area. Breaches will mean the venues in this area could be stripped of their licenses and prosecuted.
A consultation on the EMRO is now open here.