Local businesses and members of the public are being invited to have their say on changes to Brighton & Hove's licensing policy. If your business is affected by licensing of any sort then it is important that you engage in the consultation.
Brighton & Hove City Council, along with other local authorities, is required to review its licensing policy - which sets out how national licensing legislation and guidance is implemented locally - every three years.
Residents, licensees, businesses and other interested parties are all being encouraged to comment during public consultation on the draft policy.
The policy covers licensing of pubs, bars, clubs, public entertainment (including music, dancing, theatres and cinemas), late-night takeaways, and other licensed premises in the city. The main changes being proposed come in response to feedback since the introduction of the new licensing regulations. These include:
- A new 'cumulative impact' policy to enable councillors to take into account the impact of other pubs and licensed premises in the area when considering a licence.
- New measures to control performances of music likely to incite violence or hatred, in response to community safety concerns.
- A new adult entertainment policy, to give councillors greater powers to deal with applications for adult entertainment licences.
Councillor Dee Simson, chairman of the city council's licensing committee, said, "Brighton & Hove's licensing policy is an important document for the city. I would urge residents, members of the licensed trade, businesses and other stakeholders to take this opportunity to give us their views and help shape the policy for the next three years.
"We have listened to feedback and concerns raised since the new licensing regulations took effect in 2005 and incorporated them in the review. Now it is your chance to tell us what you think."
Public consultation on the policy will run throughout the summer and the closing date for comments is August 31.
Copies of the draft policy can be downloaded from the council's website www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/licensing or telephone 01273 294429, or write to the Health & Safety and Licensing Team at Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JP.
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