May set for drink decisions

Coun Gillian Campbell
Coun Gillian Campbell
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BLACKPOOL councillors will make a decision this month on whether to consult on proposals to cut late night drinking.

Licensing chiefs will meet on May 15 to consider consulting on an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO), which could ban town centre venues from opening after 3am.

Pub bosses say it would hit the economy hard.

But Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for public protection and housing, whose officers will be responsible for enforcing the EMRO should it be approved, said: “Blackpool Council is committed to having a vibrant night-time economy which is safe for everyone.

“The current statistics on alcohol-related crime and our discussions with the police suggests this is not the case at the present time.

“As a result we are interested in the EMRO. If a consultation goes forward then licensees, businesses and the public will be invited to make representations.”

Licensing authorities have had the power to make such an order since October 31, 2012. It can be tailored to deal with specific problems and does not have to apply to the whole of a local authority’s area for 365 days a year.

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