London’s Night Czar visited Hounslow to learn more about the night-time challenges and opportunities facing Chiswick and the borough as a whole
Published: Wednesday, 12th February 2020
Amy Lame was invited to Chiswick High Road by Council Leader Steve Curran as the council held its first night surgery of the year.
This event was an opportunity for the Night Czar, and her team from the Greater London Authority, to meet with local businesses, organisations and residents to understand their perspective on Chiswick at night. It was also an opportunity for council officers to learn more about her work to share good practice, advise on the creation of new night-time initiatives and support the development of local night-time offers.
They were joined by Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, and representatives from Fuller’s Brewery, who employ several hundred staff in their Chiswick head office, Brentford Football Club, the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce and the local police team.
The group visited Turnham Green and the W4th Plinth, undertook a behind the scenes tour of the new Chiswick Cinema site, met with landlords, event promoters and residents involved in community activities at the George IV pub, toured the High Road guided by members of the Neighbourhoods Policing teams, and finished the evening at The Italians, a family owned deli and restaurant.
Cllr Steve Curran said: “It was fantastic to be joined by Amy who brought some great ideas and creativity to our discussions about how we can improve the night time economy of both Chiswick and the borough as a whole, making it more enjoyable for those who live here, work here and the increasing number of visitors we entertain on a daily basis.
“In Hounslow the council has built up an excellent relationship with our local policing team and we’re working hard to understand how we can improve our night-time offer to people in a way which works for everyone, and strikes the right balance between entertainment and safety. It was great to meet with such a broad range of people and discuss how we can work collaboratively and creatively to achieve this.”
Amy Lamé, Night Czar said: “Chiswick’s economy at night is flourishing and it was fantastic to meet with Hounslow residents, police officers and businesses-owners to discuss how they could best be supported in developing a night-time strategy that works for everyone.”