Durham County Council is seeking residents' views as it seeks to upgrade its licensing laws (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Durham County Council is seeking residents' views as it seeks to upgrade its licensing laws
5:50pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS and businesses are being invited to comment on the county council’s review of its statement on licensing policy.
The Durham County Council policy affects activities and premises which are subject to licensing under the Licensing Act 2003.
This includes the sale of alcohol in pubs and clubs, late night refreshment and the provision of regulated entertainment.
The current policy was agreed in December 2010 and due to changes in the legislation it is now being updated.
Several new measures are being put forward by the council.
These include one to restrict the sale of alcohol between midnight and 6am to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder.
Another could see a levy imposed on businesses which do sell alcohol between midnight and 6am to fund policing costs.
Owen Cleugh, consumer protection manager at the council, said: “The Licensing Act 2003 requires us to regularly review our statement of licensing policy.
“This is to ensure the needs of businesses and demand for leisure and cultural activities are balanced with the protection of the public.
“We would encourage anyone who has a view on licensing activities in County Durham to respond to the consultation proposals.”
The consultation is open until Thursday, January 2 and comments can be left at durham.gov.uk/consultations.
Copies of the survey are also available from 03000-265-104 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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