MP Shabana Mahmood is leading a round table discussion in early March to help tackle problems relating to shisha bars. Shisha bars are on the up in Birmingham. From 3 in 2007 to 35 in 2016 – that's over a ten fold increase in less than 10 years. However unlike night clubs, no single agency or statutory legislation regulates shisha activities. They can only be regulated by using rules created to deal with other problems like anti-smoke legislation. It's not surprising then that for some communities these bars have become a real problem. It's one thing to have a bar open until all hours on Broad Street, but quite another to have a nightclub sitting on your doorstep in the residential parts of the city.
Shabana Mahmood MP said:
"I'm bringing together all those agencies and professionals who deal with the impact of having unregulated shisha bars. I'm looking forward to hearing what they have to say, and to listen to their experiences. I'm hopeful that together we can decide on some practical steps we can take to help alleviate some of the problems caused by shisha bars in residential areas."