A pub industry group has expressed its hope that Camden Council will backtrack on plans to introduce a late-night levy.

The authority had been consulting on the proposals, but the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) expressed concern that a link on the council website had been faulty.

As a result, it has not been able to respond and put forward its views on the proposals, the Publican's Morning Advertiser reports.

Camden Council has now classified the consultation as an informal exercise, which the ALMR believes could indicate a u-turn is on the way.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the ALMR, described this as "significant change of tone and approach".

She said she hopes this means the council is "softening its approach to a levy".

Camden Council originally unveiled its plans to introduce a charge for licensed premises that stay open after midnight late last year.

Speaking at the time to the Camden New Journal, community safety chief Jonathan Simpson said the borough's vibrant night-time economy attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every week.

However, he said the council is facing significant financial challenges and therefore has to "make tough choices across all services", including how it funds community safety projects in the area.

Mr Simpson acknowledged there are "big benefits" to having pubs and clubs in one of London's busiest tourist areas. Nevertheless, he stated that the night-time economy is placing an extra burden on "already stretched local services".

The council had therefore been looking at implementing a late-night levy to contribute funding to initiatives that "address the cost of problems such dealing with violence and increased waste".