The official document used by West Lancashire Borough Council when licensing pubs, bars and other licensed operations across the Borough has been updated.
Significant changes have been made by West Lancashire Borough Council to its Licensing Policy to reflect recent changes in legislation and the licensing issues that are evident across the Borough.
The policy, which comes into force on 7 February 2015, provides all stakeholders and the public with guidance on the approach that the Council will take under the Licensing Act 2003. It covers the sale and supply of alcohol, late night refreshment and the provision of regulated entertainment.
The Council invited local people and all businesses to comment on a draft version of the policy and their views have helped shape the new document, which can be found on the Council’s website at licensing policy.
Councillor David Sudworth, Portfolio Holder for Health, Leisure and Community Safety said: “We are very grateful to everyone who responded and helped is with this important document. It was essential we received as much feedback from local people and business as possible to ensure our licensing policy remains a practical working document.
“We have made changes from our previous policy 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.”
As part of the consultation process the Council wrote to the police, fire service, members of the West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership, representatives of the licensed trade, residents’ groups and cultural organisations. This helped get a wide range of views across the Borough.
The new policy also includes several new ‘licensing principles’, which direct applicants to focus on those matters the Council considers most important when determining any application.