A select committee from the ODPM has called for a string of tough measures to control the evening economy in the wake of the now almost inevitable relaxation of licensing laws to allow 24 hour drinking.
Furthermore they warn that if the recommendations aren’t followed town and city centres will become no-go areas of anti-social behaviour. The recommendations include: -
an extra 1% levy on the UBR of licensed premises if policing and environment costs increase due to increased activity of bars and clubs
creating new planning use designation to distinguish superpubs and clubs from other licensed premesis.
Promoting pubs and clubs throughout urban centres rather than just in town centres.
Promoting non-drink related activities at night in town centres, which will appeal to an older age group.
The Brighton & Hove Licensees Association is working closely with the local authority, Sussex Police and the Business Forum’s Business Crime Reduction Partnership to try to address some of the issues around the late night economy.
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