Wandsworth launches its Night Time Strategy 

Published: Friday, December 1, 2023

  • Wandsworth Council’s new Night Time Strategy has been published
  • It sets out recommendations on how to improve the night time, from supporting the economy to keeping people safe.
  • Night Czar Amy Lamé welcomed its official launch at Wandsworth Town Hall this week 

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Amy Lamé and Kemi Akinola at the launch

The Night Time Strategy for Wandsworth has been officially launched at Wandsworth Town Hall. 

It sets out the borough’s strategic vision for the evening and night-time, focusing on:  

  • The safety of women and vulnerable people moving around the city at night  
  • How best to support night workers, including people working in entertainment, leisure and hospitality businesses, health care, warehouses, deliveries and offices.  
  • Ensuring the borough’s night-time economy thrives  

Wandsworth is the first borough to deliver a Night Time Strategy since the GLA recommended that all boroughs produce one.  Read it here.  

It was drawn up following extensive input from people who live, work and visit the area at night.  

The strategy includes recommendations such as better lighting and transport and encouraging a broader range of night time businesses in town centres – beyond just eating and drinking. 

Now the council will draw up an action plan and will work with partners including the police, Transport for London, businesses and community groups to deliver improvements. It will also be considered by the council when making planning, highways, community safety and licensing decisions.  

Deputy council leader Cllr Kemi Akinola said: “We spoke to hundreds of people before finalising our strategy because we know that how you experience the night time depends on who and where you are. We were particularly keen to make sure we got the views of people who may be vulnerable or less likely to get their voice heard, such as women, young people and low-income workers.  

“Now we have set out our strategic vision, the work will begin in making sure that we can deliver the quick wins and long-term changes that will make a huge difference.” 

Amy Lamé, London’s Night Czar, said: “I am delighted to see the launch of Wandsworth’s new night-time strategy which will help local businesses to thrive, make neighbourhoods feel more welcoming and streets safer for everyone, particularly women and girls, after dark.  

“Wandsworth is the first borough to publish their night-time strategy since the GLA's recommendation, and I hope this encourages other boroughs to follow their lead. The Mayor and I are committed to working in partnership with every borough to ensure our high streets, public spaces and workplaces are fair, safe and inclusive at night as we build a better more prosperous London for everyone.” 

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