Citizens in central Reykjavík attended a meeting organized by city authorities yesterday to discuss the situation downtown during weekend nights. One of the issues discussed was the opening hours of nightclubs, their type and location.
“I think we should consider moving night clubs that are open longer than one or two at night,” chief of the capital region police Stefán Eiríksson told the assembly, Morgunbladid reports.
Eiríksson introduced changes in the police force downtown that have resulted in a more visible and active patrol. But it is not just the police’s task to solve the problem, Eiríksson said, other parties should also be involved.
“I believe the situation in the city central is unacceptable,” Mayor of Reykjavík Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson said at the meeting, referring to the lack of respect towards the residents of downtown Reykjavík and the city’s environment.
Frída Björk Ingvarsdóttir and Árni Einarsson, who represented the downtown residents during yesterday’s meeting, said that although the problems of the city center have long been ignored, they have noticed improvements.
“I haven’t seen as little broken glass at the corner of Vegamótastígur and Laugavegur, where I live, in 15 years,” Einarsson said.