A public online consultation has been launched asking for views on the implementation of two new powers designed to spoil people's fun and depress the late night economy.
The measures, contained in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act
2011 and due to be introduced in the autumn, will empower local killjoys by:
allowing local authorities to charge a levy for late-night licences to contribute to the cost of extra policing
extending Early Morning Restriction Orders -- a power that will allow licensing authorities to restrict the sale of alcohol in
all or part of their areas -- to any time between midnight and 6am
The consultation asks whether some types of premises should be exempted from the new measures, or eligible for a reduction in the levy, if they are judged not to be major contributors to the type alcohol-related crime and disorder that can blight
neighbourhoods. Such premises could be hotels, cinemas or community venues.
Minister for Fun Prevention Lord Henley said:
Alcohol-related crime and disorder is a problem for many of our communities. These new
measures give power back to local areas so they can respond to their individual needs.
But we also recognise that some types of premises that open late to serve alcohol do not contribute to late night drinking problems and should
not be unduly penalised. That is why we are seeking views on whether they should be exempt or see a reduction in fees.
We are keen to hear from anyone who is affected by these new powers to help inform our plans to ensure the
premises we have proposed are the right ones.
The public, licensing authorities, the licensed trade and police are all encouraged to contribute their views.
Suffocating any avenue of life that is fun and pleasurable, in this case drinking
Minimum pricing will surely make so called binge drinking problems worse. It is more likely to deter older people than youngsters who are on the unstoppable life quest to find a partner. Older people provide a level of natural policing to the
nightlife scene, and losing them just leaves bars full of youngsters, a recipe for the very problems the government is supposedly trying to reduce.
Police chiefs launched a scathing attack on David Cameron's miserable plans to tackle so called binge drinking, branding them dangerous and unhelpful .
The Police Federation also warned that forces did not have enough resources to
implement the Prime Minister's crackdown.
Cameron on had pledged to tackle the growing scandal of alcohol-fuelled disorders during a visit to a hospital in Newcastle. He confirmed the Government was considering plans to introduce minimum
pricing for alcohol and give police more powers to tackle violence and disorder.
The crackdown includes plans for drunk tanks , cells where those deemed incapable of walking home would be sent by police to sleep it off, and booze buses
, which pick up revellers and take them to cells. Other proposals include deploying more police to accident and emergency wards to prevent drunken violence.
Paul McKeever, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: The
Prime Minister's suggestion of putting more police on patrol in hospitals to help deal with problems of drunken and anti-social behaviour would be laudable if the police service wasn't struggling to meet the current workload. We simply do not, and will
not, have the police officers or the resources.
McKeever said plans to tackle alcohol purely from a health perspective without considering the implications on other public services were unhelpful and likely to fail .
I have a real problem with our country's leadership, precisely because of this sort of nitwittery. I shake my head and wonder how someone who spouts this kind of evidence-free claptrap gets to that level.