We need to reimagine a night time that is inclusive for all, regardless of gender, age, race, disability or income. We want to reclaim and celebrate the night, with consideration to the new issues that behold us – concern around safety, economic challenges such as the rise in cost of living, and a continued wariness around crowded indoor places following the Covid-19 Pandemic.
A common misconception around the Night Time Strategy is that it aims to increase late night opening hours to encourage more venues for drinking. Our vision is more holistic and inclusive, recognising the wide range of activities that constitute the Night Time economy and seeking to create a more balanced night time, that provides services that appeal to a diverse range of users – from community hubs for residents and young people, late night supermarkets for night workers, to safer transport hubs for all.
The Council commits to the below four principles to guide the improvement of the night:
Voice – listening to those who participate in or are affected by the night time environment so their voices are heard and reflected in our work
Collaboration – working better across agencies, organisations and communities to create a better night time experience for all
Knowledge – providing guidance, training and information that informs a better understanding of the night time economy and safety
Investment – specific interventions to create positive impacts in particular locations or piloting new ideas