Local licensing applications
Kingscliffe Society scans the weekly list of licence
applications submitted to the council, and considers the possible
impact the application could have on local residential life, especially
with regard to anti-social behaviour.
consultation last year under the heading of ‘Rebalancing the
Licensing Act’ (in which your Society participated) the Police
Reform and Social Responsibility Bill has become an Act of Parliament
(it received Royal Assent on 15 September 2011. Implementation date
awaited). Part 2 of that new Act amends and supplements the
Licensing Act 2003 with the intention of ‘rebalancing’ it
favour of local authorities, the police and local communities. (Other
parts of the Act replace police authorities with directly
elected Police and Crime Commissioners, with the aim of improving
police accountability. It also sets out a new framework for
regulating protests around parliament Square, with the police being
given new powers to prevent encampments and the use of amplified
Council’s Head of Licensing has reported eleven licensing changes
in the Act which include:
Authorities, such as Brighton & Hove Council, Primary Care Trusts
and Local Health Boards becoming responsible authorities, able to
make representations on applications.
police being enabled to request a Late Night Levy for an area. Levy
would be set according to rateable value of the premises, in the same
way as licensing fees are. Police/Council would decide on when levy
would apply between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. There may be
certain exemptions. There would be full consultation on any such
proposal and any levy would need to be a balancing act between
protecting residents from nuisance and crime and protecting the local
economy in serious times.
Event Notices (TENs). Environmental Health section of Council will
be able to object in addition to just the police, as at present.
Objections can relate to any of the four licensing objectives and
there is no longer an objection period.
will be greater penalties for persistent sale of alcohol to children;
the fine for such is increased from £10,000 to £20,000 and
can be shut for 2-14 days.
Policy will now have a shelf life of 5 years instead of 3 years.
(Brighton & Hove’s current
Statement of Licensing Policy
became operative in January 2011).