Potential new powers could require Bridlington’s late-night alcohol vendors to pay towards the consequences of excessive boozing.

Should late-opening pubs and clubs pay more towards the consequences of excessive boozing?
Should late-opening pubs and clubs pay more towards the consequences of excessive boozing?

An East Riding of Yorkshire Council subcommittee has reviewed two fairly recent powers introduced by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, aimed at “changing the balance of the night time economy in favour of the general community.”

The first under consideration is an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO) and would prohibit the sale of alcohol for a specified time period between midnight and 6am in the whole or part of its area.

These orders are designed to tackle alcohol-related violent crime and disorder, but would not address “other wider considerations being taken into account, such as public health and reducing pressures on Ambulance Service and A&E.”

The alternative to an EMRO is a the Late Night Levy, which would cover the whole of the East Riding and require late-opening premises to pay a contribution towards policing the night-time economy.

The contributions would cost “less than half a pint of beer per day for most premises”.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council would then give at least 70 per cent of the total raised to the police and keep the remainder.

To find out what Bridlington’s late night pubs and clubs thought we approached Alan Saddleton, the bar manager for prince street restaurant and late-night bar, The Apollo.

“We shut at 3am, then it’s places like Utopia which stay open even later,” said Mr Saddleton. I think it would be a good idea if they put more police on the streets.”

Of the 1,246 licenced premises in the county, only 650 premises would be affected if a Levy was introduced from 1am as some premises are exempt from fees and others are late night takeaways or entertainment only venues.

After administration costs, the potential income for Humberside Police amounts to £100,000 per year and £45,000 for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The council document continued: “The concept being that ‘the polluter pays’. The Government consider it right that businesses which profit by selling alcohol in the nighttime economy should contribute towards these costs incurred to the public purse.

“If a licensing authority chooses to introduce the levy in their area, all licensed premises across that area, which are authorised to supply alcohol in the levy period, would be affected, apart from a long list of exempt premises including country village pubs, community centres, theatres, and premises with overnight accommodation.”

Should the Levy be implemented in Bridlington the East Riding of Yorkshire Council say they would have more money to reduce crime and disorder and anti social behaviour, promote public safety, reduce or prevent public nuisance, and the cleaning of any relevant highway or relevant land in the local authority area.

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