Wickersley licensing restrictions move a step closer

Earlier this year the council undertook a first round of consultation into the development of a new licensing policy, to cover licensed premises such as pubs and late night takeaway.

We arranged a specific drop in session and dozens of local people turned up to share their views and frustrations about the impact of having a concentration of local nightlife right on their doorsteps.

Today, the council moved a step closer to introducing a “cumulative impact zone” when the council’s Cabinet adopted recommendations arising from the first report. Reflecting the views of local residents, the report notes; “residents in Wickersley had a significant number of concerns related to licensed premises; specifically bars, pubs and restaurants, and the associated impacts of these including noise, anti-social behaviour and crime.” (You can read the documents in full here, and watch the webcast of the item here including the comments of Cllr Hoddinott and Cllr Ellis.)

The Cabinet decision today allows the council to undertake a cumulative impact assessment, and to consider what further measures might be appropriate. Potentially this means that when making licensing decisions in the Wickersley area, those decisions would also take into account wider local factors, and not just the specifics of the applicant and premises. Further consultation with local people will be required to draw up those proposals, and we will endeavour to keep you informed and ensure that your voice can be heard.

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