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Have your say on licensing policy

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Local people are being asked to share their views on Warrington’s licensing policy, which aims to keep the public safe and help prevent crime and disorder.

The council has published its draft revised Licensing Policy for 2020-2025. Licensing Authorities are required to publish a revised policy at least every five years, and Warrington’s current policy has been in place since June 2015.

The council has now launched a six-week consultation on its revised policy, giving local people the opportunity to have their say.

The policy sets out how the council aims to meet four key objectives under the Licensing Act 2003, which are:

• The prevention of crime and disorder

• Public safety

• The Prevention of public nuisance

• The protection of children from harm

The policy is relevant to prospective and current licensed operators, authorities with a licensing responsibility and anyone affected by licensing applications.

It will guide the Licensing Authority in making decisions about applications for the sale and supply of alcohol to the public and members of registered clubs; the provision of regulated entertainment; and the provision of hot food or hot drink between 11pm and 5am.

Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for environment and public protection, Cllr Judith Guthrie, said: “Licensed premises play a prominent and important part in our communities.

“Our updated licensing policy will help to underpin our work to promote the national licensing objectives at a local level. We wish to do this by working with the trade, our partners and local communities.

“We want Warrington’s night time economy to be safe and welcoming with a broad appeal. It is also important that we have regard to the needs of each area. . You can help us by getting involved in the consultation and having your say.”

As part of the consultation, the people are also being asked to share their views on ‘Cumulative Impact Areas’, which focus on the potential issues associated with a  large numbers of licensed premises in close proximity to each other..

To take part in the consultation, visit warrington.gov.uk/consultation, where you can read the draft policy in full and complete the online survey. Responses must be received by 23 October 2019.

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