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The task force will look at ways of tackling drunken behaviour

The task force will look at ways of tackling drunken behaviour

A panel has now been set up to consider measures to tackle alcohol-fuelled behaviour in Blackpool town centre.

Representatives of the 
licensed trade, the council and the police are part of the night time economy working group formed following a failed bid to ban venues from selling booze after 3am.

Hoteliers and residents will also be represented, as well as the public health 
sector.

Councillors called for a panel to be formed after they threw out an application for an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO) in the town centre following a week-long hearing in February.

No date has yet been set for the first meeting, but the panel has been given four months to come up with a range of 
recommendations.

Craig Southall, chairman of Blackpool Pubwatch, said he was pleased progress was being made. He said: “I think the group will be able to come up with a realistic and 
achievable strategy and we need to make sure we can 
deliver it.

“Pubwatch has already been getting on with things. For example, we are working with the Business Improvement District (BID) on a proposal which we hope could enable the town centre CCTV to be switched back on.

“Venues on Market Street are also putting banners up with the logo ‘Enjoy and 
Respect Blackpool’, which we hope will remind people about their behaviour.”

Chief Inspector Ian Mills, of Blackpool Police, said: “We are looking forward to working with our partners to try and solve the common issues associated with the night time economy.”

 

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