Decision reversed!

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Roy Skam

AGM report by NLCA Licensing Co-ordinator 2015/16

By Roy Skam

Applications for liquor licenses have been relatively few for the past year, due to the introduction of the Council’s Cumulative Impact Zones (CIZ) 2011 in the city that included the North Laine Conservation Area.

Loop-hole re cafe/bars

Having said that, applications for cafe/bars have risen due to an apparent loop-hole, or grey area, in the policy and we lobbied the Council, through the Licensing Strategy Group meetings, to ensure that cafe/bar applications be excluded from the Statement of Licensing Policy (SoLP) Matrix in CIZs, in the same way as Off Sales are excluded.

Excluded but then allowed

At a meeting of the Council’s Licensing Committee on 3 March 2016, a review of the SoLP resulted in cafe/bars being excluded from CIZs. However, I am sorry to report that an amendment to Full Council to reverse the decision was carried, and cafe/bars in the CIZ will now be permitted within the Council’s policy.

No progress with Early Morning Restriction Orders

There has been no action by the Council in implementing the Early Morning Restriction Orders (EMROs) and the Late Night Levy (LNL). They are still debating the issue.

Some thanks

I would like to thank Sandy and Peter Crowhurst, and particularly Cllr Lizzie Deane, for their help throughout the year.

 

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 239, March/April 2016]

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