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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Have your say on new draft of policy used for licensing pubs, bars and other licensed premises

Here is your chance to have a say on the official document which the Council uses when licensing pubs, bars and other licensed operations across the Borough.

West Lancashire Borough Council is inviting local people and businesses to comment on its draft Licensing Policy. This is the document that provides all stakeholders and the public with guidance on the approach that the Council will take under the Licensing Act 2003.

From Friday 1 August to 31 October, the Council wants views on its draft policy to ensure it reflects the opinions of residents and all businesses – not just licensed premises – within the Borough.

The document covers the sale and supply of alcohol in pubs and clubs, late night refreshment and the provision of regulated entertainment.

The Council is proposing to make significant changes to the policy to reflect recent changes in legislation and the licensing issues that are evident across the Borough. The draft policy can be found on the Council’s website at consultations underway.

Councillor David Sudworth, Portfolio Holder for Health, Leisure and Community Safety said: “To ensure our licensing policy remains a practical working document, it’s essential that we get as much feedback from local people and business as possible.

“Changes we are proposing to make from our current policy place more emphasis on how licensed operations are expected to meet the requirements of the legislation. Guidance for the public as to how they can lodge their concerns regarding a licence application has also been improved.

“We have also introduced several ‘licensing principles’, which direct applicants to focus on those matters the Council considers most important when determining any application.”

The Council is writing to the police, fire service, members of the West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership, representatives of the licensed trade, residents’ groups and cultural organisations to get a wide range of views across the Borough.

To view of a copy of the draft policy, please visit consultations underway. A limited number of hard copies are available on request. You can submit your views via email licensing.enquiries@westlancs.gov.uk or in writing to West Lancashire Borough Council Licensing Service, Robert Hodge Centre, Stanley Way, Skelmersdale WN8 8EE.

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