Fabric is saved, yet will need to abide by strict licensing conditions

According to the BBC, The owners of Fabric nightclub have reached a settlement with Islington Council to reopen.
The new licensing deal includes pledges to boost security and introduce stricter anti-drug rules. Under-19s will be banned from entering and anyone found with drugs, or who tries to deal drugs, will be banned for life.

The venue was shut in September after the council revoked its licence following the deaths of two clubbers.
It said Fabric had a “culture of drug use” which staff were “incapable of controlling”.

Islington Council has released a joint statement with Fabric about the settlement and says the club won’t reopen until all of the new conditions are met. The agreement, which was approved by a judge at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, includes the following provisions…

• The use of a new ID scanning system on entry to the club.
• Enhanced searching procedures and controls.
• Covert surveillance within the club.
• Life-time bans for anyone found in possession of drugs, whether on entry or within the club.
• Life-time bans for anyone trying to buy drugs in the club.
• Enhanced monitoring and external auditing for compliance against procedures.
• Physical changes to the club, including improved lighting and additional CCTV provision.
• A new security company.
• Persons under 19 years of age shall not be permitted to be on the premises as a customer or guest from 8pm on a Friday until 8am on the following Monday or on any day during the hours that the operators promote a Core Club Night.

The Islington Council/Fabric statement says: “Fabric accepts that its procedures in relation to searching were insufficient, as were its procedures to prevent the consumption and dealing of drugs within the club itself.
“Fabric accepts that the police acted reasonably in making the application for a review and that the authority’s sub-committee was fully entitled to revoke its licence.”

Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s MistaJam has told Newsbeat: “When no one else was booking grime in the whole of the country, it was being booked at Fabric.

“I am just really looking forward to hearing what the next wave of music is going to be championed there. This is a very good day for music.”

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