Consulting about the city's Licensing Policy

Comments needed by 5 January 2016

By Sandy Crowhurst, joint NLCA Licensing Coordinator

The Council, as a licensing authority, must carry out a consultation exercise as part of the five-yearly review of its Licensing Policy. The policy is a council document that reflects national legislation and guidance at a local level. 

Aim of the review

The aim is to update the current Statement of Licensing Policy (SOLP), taking into account any changes that are necessary. Any changes may be led by governmental decisions or by lessons learned in the city. 

What it will do

The intention is to review the overall structure and layout, amend the “Matrix Approach”, include a Public Health section, integrate various initiatives such as the Council led “Sensible on Strength” scheme to reduce the availability of cheap super strength beers and ciders; work with student organisations to raise the awareness of alcohol harm; and night-time economy safeguarding initiatives that protect the vulnerable and raise awareness of sexual exploitation into the SOLP.

Its importance

It is important that local stakeholders, statutory consultees, residents and members of the public have their say.   

Draft on council's website

A copy of the draft SOLP can be found on the council’s website

as well as on the council’s consultation portal

Time to have your say

The Council would be grateful to receive your comments, any suggested amendments or improvements and your reasons for recommending any changes by no later than 5 January 2016.

How to respond

You can respond via email to &#;strong&#;;&#;strong&#; or via the consultation portal above, or write in.


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 237, November/December 2015]


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