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7 October 2011

Residents Successfully Oppose Extension of Hours for Bar

The Project recently acted for residents in Soho in successfully opposing an application by a well known bar chain to extend the hours for one of its premises. Residents were able to demonstrate that existing problems with the operation of the premises already caused a significant degree of public nuisance, and that any proposals to […]

7 October 2011

Music to Your Ears?

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is proposing a reform of activities currently classed as “regulated entertainment” in Schedule One of the 2003 Act so that in certain circumstances a licence would not be required to eg host a performance of a play, an exhibition of a film, an indoor sporting event, a […]

7 October 2011

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill Becomes Law

Royal Assent was given on September 15th. It was hailed by the Policing Minister, Nick Herbert as ‘a landmark in the government’s agenda to decentralise control and return power to the people.’ The licensing provisions of the Act insert amendments into Licensing Act 2003 and are ostensibly aimed at re-balancing the Licensing regime in favour […]

7 October 2011

Change of Address for Representations

The email and postal addresses for representation on licensing applications have recently changed. The email address is now premiseslicensing@westminster.gov.uk The postal address is: Licensing Applications, Westminster City Council, 4th Floor (West) 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP. The old addresses are being phased out.

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Licensing Sub-Committee hearings

Further to the news update on 25 May, residents should note that Licensing Sub-Committee hearings will take place at City Hall, Victoria Street, not Westminster Council House, until November 2010.

23 July 2010

Statement by Minister for Crime Prevention regarding powers of local communities

Following the news that the Home Office has been given full responsibility for alcohol licensing and enforcement. Minister for Crime Prevention James Brokenshire has said: ‘The Government believes that the power to make licensing decisions needs to be rebalanced in favour of local communities, so that they can decide on the night-time economy they want.’ […]

23 July 2010

Review of Statement of Licensing Policy

Westminster City Council is carrying out a public consultation as part of its review of its Statement of Licensing Policy. A series of issues and proposed revisions have been drafted and comments are welcomed. I will be making my own response on behalf of the Licensing Advice Project. The last date for responses to be […]

15 July 2010

Home Office Structural Reform Plan – more power to residents?

Section 1 of the Home Office’s draft Structural Reform Plan, published on 14 July, aims to ‘Enable the police and local communities to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour’ and includes proposals to tackle alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour by making sure that local authorities and police have full powers to remove licences from ‘problem premises’.

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