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Sadiq Khan: Women’s safety ‘should be at heart to reopen night economy’

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Women’s safety should be at the heart of plans to re-open the night-time economy, Sadiq Khan told businesses today.

The Mayor urged more firms to sign up to a “night-time safety charter” as he published a 234-page strategy advising councils how best to attract visitors to town centres and cultural and entertainment venues at night.

The charter was first launched in 2018 and has about 400 signatories but Mr Khan said the death of Sarah Everard had brought into “sharp focus” the need to improve the safety of women and girls.

It includes advice on better training of staff, encouraging the reporting of harassment and ensuring public spaces are safe.

The new strategy encourages the use of “timed” pedestrianised streets – banning vehicles after certain times – and thinking about the use of rooftops, green spaces and bringing vacant premises back into use.

Green Lanes in Haringey is said to be a role model for showing how better lighting can transform an “unwelcoming space”.

Mr Khan said the charter would help venues and councils to take “simple but important, steps” to help women and girls feel safer after dark.

Sadiq Khan was challened by Shaun Bailey at Mayor’s Question Time

/ Daniel Hambury/AdrianLourie

A minute’s silence for Ms Everard was held at City Hall at the start of the final Mayor’s Question Time of the 2016-21 mayoral term today.

Mr Khan said there had been an “outpouring of grief and anger” following her death and the “daily reality of male violence against women and girls”.

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