Southampton's new late night levy?

Late-night revelers in Southampton may be upset to hear the news on a controversial levy being considered for local clubs and pubs open past midnight. The new reform would see […]


Late-night revelers in Southampton may be upset to hear the news on a controversial levy being considered for local clubs and pubs open past midnight.

The new reform would see any such clubs being taxed between £300 and £4,500 annually- and could have an impact on Southampton’s renowned nightlife as some establishments would choose to close early rather than pay the expensive taxes. Local business owners say this would have a negative impact on Southampton’s night economy, leaving locals and visitors with a limited selection of night time activities.

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On the other hand, the taxes would go towards making the city safer for those on nights out, with 70% of the money going towards the police for improved taxi marshaling, increased CCTV coverage, and increased support for vulnerable partiers- with an ICE (in case of emergency) bus being introduced for people who are hurt or in need of help. Surely these changes would help for the better if implemented correctly?

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If you have any strong opinions on the matter, the council is looking to hear what the public has to say before they make their final decision in late June, for more information click here.

If the levy is decided upon then implementation is currently set for February 1st 2015.

Do you think this will have good or bad implications for Southampton? Let us know in the comments.