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New takeaways in Blackpool may have to close earlier in future
New takeaways in Blackpool may have to close earlier in future
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New takeaways are set to be banned from opening after 1am in Blackpool in a bid to reduce the number operating across the resort.

Existing takeaways are mostly licensed to serve customers until 3am and will be allowed to continue with those hours.

But worried town hall chiefs hope curtailing trading times for future fast food outlets will tackle the growing proliferation of takeaways in the town centre.

The new framework of hours for licensed premises also includes start times of 10am for pubs and off-licences to serve alcohol.

It has been included in a review of licensing policy which will now go out for public consultation.

Mark Marshall, licensing and health and safety manager at Blackpool Council, told the town hall’s Licensing Committee: “The town suffers from an excessive amount of takeaways.

“They are a problem to us because many are sub-leased and there are issues with waste control.

“So if we have fewer of them, we can concentrate on the good ones.”

Head of licensing Sharon Davies said the new hours schedule being proposed would provide a framework to help guide applicants.

She said: “We have to look at every application on its own merits, but we should be setting our stall out about what we believe are appropriate hours for this area.”

Coun Mark Smith said: “Everybody has pushed their hours further and further to compete with other establishments, so I think people would be happy with some sort of regulation around hours.”

The committee agreed to put the review out for a public consultation which will last for 12 weeks.