New powers for councils to ban 24-hour licences in problem areas

05 February 2010 by
New powers for councils to ban 24-hour licences in problem areas

The Government is to give councils the power to impose a blanket ban on 24-hour licences in problem areas.

The move was first announced by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in September last year, and was confirmed yesterday by licensing minister Gerry Sutcliffe.

The new powers, which will be brought in through the Crime and Security Bill, mean that if public disorder or nuisance was attributed to individual premises, councils will be able to limit late opening across the entire local area.

The ban would apply to all premises selling alcohol between 3am and 6am, including pubs, bars, clubs, supermarkets and convenience stores.

Sutcliffe said: "The Licensing Act has done a great deal to make it easier for local residents and councils to deal with alcohol-related nuisance and disorder, and the number of 24 hour licences remains low. But we recognise that some concerns still exist about anti social behaviour, and are determined to give councils the powers they need to act.

"This new power will help local authorities and the police make life better for local residents. It will also help ensure that licensees take their obligation to run responsible businesses more seriously."

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