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Decision delayed on early closing times

Linda Genborg 2012-03-12

The decision on earlier closing times for night clubs in Gothenburg has been postponed. The issue was supposed to be brought to the table on Wednesday this week during a meeting in the municipality board. But the Social Democrats say they have not finished the discussions within the party yet.

The Greens, the Left Party and the Christian Democrats support the proposal to withdraw the 5 am alcohol licenses for night clubs in Gothenburg. The Moderats and the Liberals are against the idea.

The Social Democrats have not yet decided. Dario Espiga, chairman of the Social Resource Committee and Social Democrat, is in favour of the decision to close all night clubs at 3 am. But he told GP that the discussions within the party's council group are unfinished.

Former Social Democrat strong man in Gothenburg, Göran Johansson has previously said to GP that he is critical of the proposal. The party's youth section, SSU, has also expressed criticism against earlier closing times.

Pär Gustafsson from the Liberals started an online protest against the proposal. It has been signed by over 12,000 people.

"The uprising shows that there are many people who care about this issue. The main argument from our side is that it will get messier out on the town if all night clubs close at the same time. But for many young Gothenburgers it is also a question of lifestyle," says Pär Gustafsson to GP.

The decision will be made later this spring. The proposal has been approved by the Social Resource Committee, but also has to be approved by the Municipality Board and the Municipal Council.

Aside from the night club opening hours debate, there is ongoing work to improve the security on the Avenyn. Better lighting, less drunkenness and clearing the streets from illegal taxis is the most important issues.

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