Licensing health proposal to go national

Dave Blacker
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A proposal to have health listed as a fifth licensing objective is set to be taken up by the country’s biggest union after being thought up in Blackpool.

Dave Blacker, chairman of the Gateway forum in Blackpool – a community forum which covers the Brunswick, Talbot and Claremont areas – has lobbied for local authorities to consider the potential impact on the health of an area’s residents when granting a licence for a new premises.

It’s really great to have this support from Unite

He has met with union bosses, MPs, senior health officials and even legal teams to discuss his idea.

Now Unite, the country’s biggest union, is set to consider the proposal after receiving “unanimous” support from the union’s North West regional committee.

This sees the proposal taken to the union’s Executive Council in June to be considered as national Unite policy.

Mr Blacker added: “As Britain’s biggest trade union, it would be a terrific boost to have this item as policy, first proposed and supported by our own local Unite branch.”

It has also been backed by Blackpool Council’s head of public health, Dr Arif Rajpura. He said: “It’s really great to have this support from Unite.”

Currently licensing authorities must ensure premises applying for a licence stick with the four current objectives: the prevention of crime and disorder; public safety; prevention of public nuisance; and protection of children from harm.

The ambitious proposal would have to be implemented on a national level in order to have an impact in Blackpool.