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EMRO day 3: Pubwatch chairman outlines alternatives

EMRO hearing at Blackpool Town Hall. Below: Pubwatch chairman Craig Southall.

EMRO hearing at Blackpool Town Hall. Below: Pubwatch chairman Craig Southall.

Blackpool Pubwatch chairman Craig Southall laid out a number of alternatives to an EMRO on day three of hearing initial proposals to ban alcohol sales after 3am in part of Blackpool town centre.

Mr Southall said measures such as the accreditation system Best Bar None would be better ways of making the town safer.

He also said the licence trade wanted to work closely with the Blackpool Business Improvement District on initiatives such as getting CCTV operating again.

This could be done by redeploying street wardens. He also said the funding was being sorced for more door staff training.

Mr Southall said: “We are looking at the bigger picture for Blackpool. If an EMRO comes in it is not just the night time economy that is losing its vibrancy.

“It is the day time economy that will also be losing its visitors.”

He said most of the incidents involving large scale sites occurred before 10pm.

He said: “We are the UK’s best holiday destination and when people are on holiday they do stay out later, let their kids stay out later and they want to let their hair down. That’s what Blackpool is and it’s our job that we give these people a great time, they go away and what to come back again.”

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