Have your say on licensing

Merton Council is urging residents to look at their new Licensing Policy and give any feedback before 18 November 2004.

The policy has been put together following the Government’s reforms of licensing legislation which mean that local councils will be responsible for the licensing of premises and persons involved in the sale or supply of alcohol, rather than the Courts.

The change means that Merton Council will now be responsible for licensing relating to:
· The sale and supply of alcohol
· The provision of entertainment (singing, dancing, music etc)
· The provision of late night refreshment (food and drink).

Under the Licensing Act 2003 the council is required to produce a Licensing Policy Statement and ask residents and businesses for their views. The statement is available in the boroughs libraries and on the council’s web site at http://www.merton.gov.uk/licensing. Copies of the statement are available in large print or translations upon request.

Merton will be gathering residents’ views over a 12-week period. Comments should be sent in writing or via the Internet. All feedback will be analysed before a final Licensing Policy Statement is published by January 2005.

Councillor Mickey Spacey, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Community Engagement, said: ‘I urge all residents to have a look at the new licensing policy statement, think about it and give me your views by 18 November 2004.’

The licensing changes will start to be introduced from 7 February 2005. The new legislation is likely to be fully implemented by the end of 2005 when the Courts will have no further dealings with the grant of liquor licenses.

For further information contact Merton Council’s Licensing Team on 020 8545 4005 or visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/licensing.

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PRESS CONTACT:
Claire Bartlett
Senior Press & PR Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 3327