"This decision will help London's nighttime economy thrive," tweeted mayor Sadiq Khan earlier today.
The decision was announced earlier today, following a meeting in September to review the controversial form. "We have taken the decision to remove the Form 696 and instead develop a new voluntary partnership approach for venues and promoters across London," said Superintendent Roy Smith. "This will provide an excellent opportunity to share information at a local level and work to identify any enhanced risk to ensure the safety of the public."
London mayor Sadiq Khan, who originally ordered the review, said that he was concerned that Form 696 "was unfairly affecting specific communities and music genres." Khan adds: "This decision will help London's nighttime economy thrive, ensure the capital is a welcoming place for artists and DJs of all music genres and that Londoners are able to enjoy live music safely."
Night Czar Amy Lamé took to Twitter to show her support for the decision. She was one of three hosts at the review meeting. "So proud to have played a crucial role as @nightczar in getting #form696 scrapped #LondonIsOpen."
Promotion Event Risk Assessment Form 696 was originally introduced in 2005 in response to a number of shootings at clubs and venues across the capital.
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