London's night czar, appointed by mayor of London Sadiq Khan to improve the capital's £26 billion night-time economy, protect entertainment venues and increase safety measures, visited Romford town centre on 23 February to hear about Havering's efforts to boost its nightlife.
Amy Lamé was introduced to the work carried out by Havering Community Safety Partnership, led by staff from Havering Council, and includes the police, London Fire Brigade, health services, and other organisations, as well as the Safe and Sound partnership.
Lamé's first visit was to the recently opened Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre, to experience the late-night ice disco, followed by a trip to the Brewery retail park, which has welcomed a Next store and TGI Fridays restaurant.
"The community spirit in Romford has struck me the most; the way they all work together to ensure everyone in Romford has a good and safe night out is amazing," said Lamé.
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