It’s a dark day for clubland as it was announced in the early hours of this morning that London club fabric will remain closed after having its licence revoked by Islington Council.
Members of the council sat down yesterday evening at Islington Town Hall with representatives from fabric, Islington Public Health Authority, Islington License Authority and the Metropolitan Police. The hearing, which lasted more than six hours, reached its damning conclusion just after 1 AM on Wednesday morning, in spite of the #savefabric campaign, which saw an online petition gain more than 140,000 signatures.
Subcommittee Chair Flora Williamson announced: “A culture of drugs exists at the club which the existing management and security appear incapable of controlling,” she concluded. “This subcommittee has considered adding further conditions, but has come to the conclusion that this would not address the serious concern that they have with management of the premises.”
The club has since released a statement, which reads: “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.”