Lancashire’s police chief has refused to be drawn on whether plans to curb drinking after 3am in Blackpool town centre should be imposed.
But the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, praised Blackpool Council for bringing up the Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO), which would stop early morning alcohol sales in the town centre.
And he said the resort needed to be “more than stag and hen parties” and should appeal to families as well.
He said: “It’s right that Blackpool Council should be doing it, it’s good for the council to be bringing this forward to create a debate in such a resort where people say the economy is based on late night drinking, and it deserves a lot of credit for that.
“Blackpool needs to be more than stag and hen parties. It has to be a family resort, and to a large degree it is but we need to reinforce that.”
The commissioner said the answer to whether an EMRO should be introduced lay with Blackpool’s residents, who he urged to take part in a consultation over the issue.
“It is really important to have this debate with the Blackpool community on what they think the issues are around late night drinking and what their vision is for Blackpool’s future,” he said.
“This is an issue with traders and licensees, but mostly it’s about the residents and if they want to support the proposals to restrict late night drinking, then that’s what should happen.
“Whatever the outcome is, I am confident the police will be there to do their job.”
Mr Grunshaw spent time yesterday touring the town centre with Sgt Richard Hurt and PC Jamie Robinson.
He paid a visit to Queen Street, which would be affected if the EMRO was to be agreed.
He said: “I have been greatly encouraged by what I have seen.
“The most important thing is that the people of Blackpool, work together with Blackpool Council and the police to make it a welcoming town.”
Residents can hear more about the EMRO at Talbot Ward’s PACT meeting on June 5 at the Comrades Club on Adelaide Street.