On December 2014 the Islington Council voted in favor of enforcing a number of new security measures at fabric, including the introduction of £300 pound a night sniffer dogs, ID scans on the door for all customers, increased CCTV monitoring and more rigorous drug searches within the club.
These new measures were immediately appealed by the famous nightclub, with founder Keith Reilly claiming that the club “fundamentally disagreed on a number of key points” within the proposal. This was followed by a year long law suit by fabric and its lawyers, WoodsWhur, which culminated in the successful appeal of the proposed licensing conditions on December 10th 2015.
The club has now issued a brief statement concerning the outcome:
“We feel that this statement reflects the opinions of many businesses operating within the night time industry in regards to these conditions. Everyone at fabric is delighted with the outcome and are very much looking forward to resuming our positive, long standing and solid relationships with both Islington Council’s licensing department and the borough’s police to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for our club goers and local residents.”
WoodsWhur have also revealed that the final decision to revoke the proposal for sniffer dogs was on the grounds that they would “undermine the licensing objectives in a number of unintended ways, including causing drugs to remain in circulation that would otherwise have been confiscated under fabric’s thorough search procedures.”
The proposition to introduce ID scans was dismissed by Judge Allison who said that “there was no evidence that the premises had issues with underage entry/sales”
In light of a succession of nightclub closures and councils tightening their grip on venues across the country, the appeal is a major victory not only for fabric but for the nightlife scene as a whole.
Here is the full statement from WoodsWhur