Wickersley licensing “cumulative impact zone” agreed

The area covered by the new zone, as detailed in the council report

Rotherham’s first “cumulative impact zone”, which covers the Wickersley area, was formally adopted by councillors last week. The council is meeting online at the moment due to Coronavirus restrictions, and the meeting was also the first “full council” meeting in South Yorkshire to take place virtually.

As local ward respresentatives, we have been in consultation with residents for several months about the cumulative impact zone, responding to the concerns that people have raised with us.

The policy, which forms part of stricter Licensing rules across Rotherham for pubs, late night takeaways and other licensed premises, gives councillors on the Licensing Board additional powers when considering applications for new premises. During the consultation we heard from lots of residents who live in the immediate area of the pubs who wanted to see stricter conditions in order to reduce the impact on the community.

You can read the policy in full by clicking here.

The proposal was moved at the council meeting by Cllr Emma Hoddinott, who said; “The consultation session we had at Wickersley Library was lively. We heard from many residents fed up with the constant noise, examples of people being sick in their gardens, concerns over crime and drugs as well… There are currently 19 licensed premises in Wickersley but not necessarily the infrastructure to support them… By bringing this policy forward we have been trying to get the right balance.”

The report was seconded by Cllr Sue Ellis, Chair of the Licensing Board, who noted that even though pubs and clubs are currently closed there are still licensing applications coming forward for consideration at the current time, so it’s still important to get the rules right now. Sue added that the cumulative impact zone would be particularly useful in our area where residential properties are close to licensed pubs. “The introduction of the CIZ responds to the concerns expressed by residents through the consultation… It is also data-based, with police, NHS and Public Health feeding in important data so the committee that we sit on will be best informed.”

Sadly, the calls of local people were rejected by a number of councillors. The leader of the council’s main opposition group, Cllr Cowles, Silverwood councillor Alan Napper, and the one Liberal Democrat, Cllr Carter, all voted against the proposal.

At the same meeting, councillors paid tribute to the work of council staff and other key workers so far during the current pandemic. You can watch Cllr Chris Read’s statement below:

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