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Friday, September 05, 2014

Licensing policy - give your views

There is still time to give your comments on the 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 provides all stakeholders and the public with guidance on the approach that the Council will take under the Licensing Act 2003.

The Council is proposing to make significant changes to the policy to reflect recent changes in legislation and licensing issues across the Borough. The draft policy can be found on the licensing page of the website.

People living and working in West Lancashire have until Friday 31 October to give their views on the draft policy. The aim of the consultation is to ensure the new policy 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.

Councillor David Sudworth, Portfolio Holder for Health, Leisure and Community Safety said: “We want to ensure our licensing policy remains a practical working document. To achieve this it is essential we get as much feedback from local people and businesses as possible. We have already had comments from local people, but we want to hear from as many as possible so please contact us.”

The Council is proposing to 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.

Councillor Sudworth added: “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.

Find out more and give views

  • To view of a copy of the draft policy, visit the licensing page.  A limited number of hard copies are available on request.
  • You can submit your views via email to  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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