Franz Ferdinand star Alex Kapranos today led criticism of Hackney Council after it imposed strict new licensing laws on the borough's bars and nightspots.The new rules, passed on Wednesday night, will restrict venues in hipster areas including Dalston and Shoreditch from opening past 11pm on weeknights and midnight on weekends.But Hackney Council defended the move, saying current licensing rules are "out of date and need renewing".SPONSORED: With FIFA continually dominating the football franchise, it must be becoming harder for EA Sports to continually polish the game each year.
It will rip the soul out of the area and is overwhelmingly opposed by local residents. I think the residents know what is best for the residents – we are just being ignored.”“I think there is some spitefulness about it – I think someone has thought f*** the residents and f*** ‘We Love Hackney’.”“This doesn’t really affect me,” he added. But it is about younger people who should be coming in and competing with me, that is what makes Hackney an exciting place to be.”David Mc Dowall, of Brewdog, also expressed his disappointment at the decision, tweeting: “Passionate, determined campaign from @We Love Hackney.
They’ve introduced the toughest restrictions in Britain,” he said.
He added that the “real winners” would be areas such as Walthamstow, where businesses would migrate if they wanted to stay open later.“The reason Hackney became popular was because Westminster council did exactly the same thing to Soho 15 years ago - and everyone moved east,” he added.
After dropping out, he continued studying at the University of Strathclyde, gaining a BA.
In 2005, he was awarded Strathclyde's Alumnus of the Year.