Lewisham Council are about to reconsider the rules around late licenses for bars in Blackheath. This is carried out through a piece jargon known as the “Cumulative Impact Zone”. The long and short of it is this: if you like the fact that there is less vomit, fewer broken bottles, windows, and hearts on a Saturday morning in Blackheath, there’s a good chance that it is down to this piece of legislation. It makes it harder for licensed premises to request later licenses. Let’s face it – if you want to go out on a late night bender, Soho isn’t that far away, and you can get a night bus back to Blackheath.
But, according to a recent email from the Blackheath Society, we need to send emails to the council, telling them to keep the “Cumulative Impact Zone” (couldn’t they have found a catchier name?).
So, if you want to stop all the pubs opening til 4am every night, you might want to send something along the lines below to firstname.lastname@example.org :
Dear Lewisham Council. Please maintain the Cumulative Impact Zone in Blackheath As a resident, I believe that it has noticeably improved the lives of people in the area. I think that there is less crime, disorder, and public nuisance late at night as a result of the zone.
There’s more here from the Blackheath Village Residents Association, but the only relevant page I could find on the council’s website about this is here (which is where the zone map, shown below, came from). A page from the Society’s original request is here, but there’s nothing else about it on their site at the moment.