Young to have say on night economy

Craig Southall, general manager for Yates and chairman for Blackpool Pubwatch
Craig Southall, general manager for Yates and chairman for Blackpool Pubwatch
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Pub bosses are calling on young people to have their say on the future of Blackpool’s night time economy.

Landlord Craig Southall has said he fears the very people who enjoy the resort’s nightlife are not being heard in the town’s fight to crack down on drink related problems.

With a council group set up to look at tackling problems caused by alcohol-fuelled crimes in the resort and Early Morning Restriction Orders EMRO) only recently avoided, pub and bar bosses want to hear from more people aged 18-30.

Now a simple online survey has been set up to gauge opinion from revellers on what and where the town’s problems are in a bid for licensees and police to tackle them.

Craig Southall, Pubwatch chairman for Blackpool, has set up an online survey to gauge people’s opinions on everything from minimum prices for alcohol to licensing hours and the availability of 

He said: “Often the minority of people can affect things for the majority. I’ll be putting the survey out on social media to get an objective view on 
alcohol and licensing from the majority instead.”

The survey has been set up to gather research Mr Southall, general manager of Yates’s on Market Street, Blackpool, needs for a masters degree he is taking, but he endeavours to feed the information found back to licensing and police bosses on the Fylde coast.

It comes as a committee has been set up by Blackpool Council to find an alternative to the controversial bid for an EMRO – police wanted to ban sales of alcohol from 3am, claiming it was leading to too much violence in the town centre and putting a strain on their resources.

As the night time economy working group hopes to consult with the public as well as the emergency services, taxi drivers and traders, Mr 
Southall has said it is important for revellers to have their say.

He said: “The group is getting people together [from the council, police, NHS and licensees] to give their opinions on where the problems lie.

“I want to hear what the young people who are the ones out enjoying town think too. The survey is something I will put forward to the group.

“That was the thing with the EMRO consultation, it was all older people talking about it and none of the younger people who it would have affected too.”

To take part in the survey, visit: