Durham City Centre
Durham City Centre

Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for the City of Durham has today welcomed the decision by Durham County Council to consult on a new licensing policy for Durham City Centre.

Along with members of the local community, Roberta has been a long standing campaigner on the need for tougher licensing rules in the city, as more late licenses have been granted over the years. Following this campaign, and the increase in reports of nuisance and disruption from residents, Durham County Council has announced today that it will begin consulting on the need for a Cumulative Impact Policy which could strengthen licensing rules for new pubs, bars and takeaways in the city centre.

Roberta has raised this issue with the local authority over many years, and has called for a bespoke licensing policy for the city on many occasions. She has held a number of public meetings to discuss licensing within the city, and after her most recent public meeting, called a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament to highlight the impact that the continued granting of licenses was having on the community in Durham.

The local authority has now committed to gathering the information needed to determine if such a policy is required for the city centre, and as part of this consultation it will be seeking the views of key partners and stakeholders in the city as well as asking residents to share their views. This consultation will run until 5pm on Friday 25 October 2019, and people can submit their comments by visiting  http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/21907/Consultation-on-alcohol-licensing-in-Durham-City

Roberta said:

“I am really pleased that Durham County Council have now begun the process of carrying out a Cumulative Impact Assessment to see if a special policy for the city is needed.

I have been raising licensing issues with the Council since 2006, and it is clear that the current licensing regime has not been working for the city centre for some time, with more and more people contacting me to let me know of the effect the huge increase in late licenses in Durham is having on their lives.  

Although it would have been helpful if the local authority had taken steps to deal with these concerns earlier, it is good news that people who live in the city are finally being listened to, and now have the chance to have their voices heard. I would encourage everyone to respond to this consultation before the deadline of Friday 25 October.”

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