Brick Lane is at the heart of the London curry scene and is famous for the large number of curry houses in this single street.
Owners of the Brick Lane curry houses have been issued with notices saying that they have to close at midnight unless they get a special licence that allows them to stay open until 2am. And enforcement of the notice was immediate with penalty charged levies against curry houses that do not comply.
According to Tower Hamlets council, this is being done in the battle against anti-social behaviour which, in this part of Tower Hamlets, is drunk people urinating in the streets.
The curry house owners say that most of their restaurants have toilets and the anti-social behaviour is coming from patrons of late night clubs.
Seeing that a planning application fee is £192.00, and the fee for a licence to trade after midnight is £900.00, some may see this as a nice little earner for the council.
The chair of the Brick Lane Traders Association claims that the new regulations will put some restaurants out of business and has submitted to the council a petition asking for more time.
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