Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for the City of Durham has today welcomed the decision of Durham Constabulary to request a review of the premises licence of Missoula in Durham City.

Following the death of Olivia Burt outside Missoula on Wednesday 7 February 2018, a joint investigation into the incident was launched by Durham County Council and Durham Police. Although investigations are still ongoing, the police have now requested that the council review the premises licence of Missoula, to address concerns relating to the prevention of crime and disorder, and public safety. Following this request, Roberta has written to Durham County Council to support this move, and to call for a wider review into the licensing policy for Durham City.

Roberta said:

“I am pleased to hear that Durham Constabulary has asked for a review of Missoula’s premises licence, and have contacted Durham County Council to support this request and to call for a wider review in the city centre.

I and others have raised the issue of public safety with the local authority for many years, particularly with reference to the number of establishments in the Walkergate development with late licences. While this request by the police is a welcome move to address concerns with this particular premises, it is vital that this is not dealt with as an isolated case.

As I have pointed out to the council on a number of occasions, a blanket licensing policy for the whole county is not appropriate, and does not take into account the unique challenges of a compact city centre such as Durham.

Following this request from the police, I have asked Durham County Council to carry out a review of its licensing policy for Durham, as the wider issues such as the suitability of the locations for many of the licensed establishments in Durham, public safety and the management of the night time economy still remain.”

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