Wyre Council

Help shape Wyre's licensing policy

Published on Thursday 5th August 2010

Comments are now being sought on the licensing of alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment in Wyre.

Every three years Wyre Borough Council must review its Statement of Licensing Policy. This important document sets out how the council will make decisions on the issuing of licenses for pubs, clubs, off licences, restaurants and individuals wishing to stage live entertainment.

There are also sections on drink promotions, door supervisors, CCTV, public order, drugs and underage drinking among other issues that affect the community.

A draft version of the policy for 2011 to 2014 has now been drawn up and is out for public consultation. Revisions take account of new Government guidance, changes in legislation and experiences of the council since it became a licensing authority in 2005.

Councillor Roger Berry, Wyre's Cabinet member with responsibility for community safety, said: "Licensing issues can impact on everyone; without clear processes to follow there is a greater chance of disturbance, anti social behaviour or even crime.

"That's why we want as many people as possible to comment on the way we make our licensing decisions. This isn't about introducing lots of unnecessary rules and regulations, we just want to help shape communities where people can visit the pub or enjoy a meal without worrying about facing anti-social behaviour on their way home."

The draft policy can be viewed online at www.wyrebc.gov.uk/Find/48726, in Wyre libraries or at the Civic Centre in Poulton. A hard copy can also be requested on 01253 887406. A response form can be downloaded from the same webpage and should be returned to the Civic Centre.

Alternatively, email your comments to licensing@wyrebc.gov.uk

Due to statutory timescales, comments received after 30 September cannot be considered.

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