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Fabric: is this the end?

Club's licence revoked in small hours of Wednesday morning

2016 Sep 07     
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Night Time Industries spokesperson tells BBC: "This isn't the last word" and vows to fight on

Well, this has to be the worst news we've woken up to in a while: following an enquiry by Islington Borough Council into two recent drug deaths at the club, Fabric's licence has been permanently revoked.

The council's decision was announced in the small hours of this morning. You can read the full report here, but essentially it says that in the council's eyes, adequate drugs checks weren't in place, nor were sufficient steps taken to prevent drug use on the premises. The report concludes that "the Sub-Committee decided that revocation of the licence is both appropriate and proportionate in light of all the circumstances," although it does (somewhat more hopefully) add that "the interim steps remain in place pending any final determination of any appeal."

The decision comes despite an intensive social media campaign by the club's supporters, a petition to 'save Fabric' that garnered nearly 150,000 signatures, and messages of support from London mayor Sadiq Khan and local MP Emily Thornberry. The organiser of the petition, club employee Jacob Husley, told The Guardian: "We are in shock. I am feeling a mixture of disbelief and anger and sadness. [Fabric closing] would be a devastating blow for London and culture, and clubs across the UK. It sets a precedent."

So what happens now? Alan Miller of the Night Time Industries Association has vowed to fight on, telling the BBC: "If it wasn't for places like Fabric we wouldn't have any of our cultural assets. We're going to challenge this. This is unacceptable. This isn't the last word."

Miller went on to announce the launch of a 'Fund For Fabric', to raise funds to challenge the decision - more news on that when we have it.

Pic: Ewan-M/Creative Commons

**UPDATE 10.40am: Fabric has now published an official statement, saying: "Fabric is extremely disappointed with Islington Council's decision to revoke our license. This is an especially sad day for those who have supported us, particularly the 250 staff who will now lose their jobs. Closing fabric is not the answer to the drug-related problems clubs like ours are working to prevent, and sets a troubling precedent for the future of London's night time economy."

 

 

 

 

Tags: Fabric, Night Time Industries Association, Islington Borough Council, Emily Thornberry, Sadiq Khan