Good practice in Managing the Evening and Late Night Economy: A literature Review from an Environmental Perspective

Roberts M.
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Literature review


In 2003 the ODPM commissioned the Civic Trust/University of Westminster to investigate good practice in the management of the night-time economy. This was in response to the challenges posed to public authorities by evening and night-time activities in town, city and urban sub-centres in England. Many of these challenges are posed by a growth in alcohol related entertainment and through the emergence of a youth orientated culture of binge drinking.This literature review has been written to provide an overview of current good practice and its present and future context, in policy and 'on the ground'. It is written from an environmental perspective and concentrates attention on the public realm of towns and cities.