Have your say on licensing policies

A public consultation has started on policies which restrict new bars and clubs opening in parts of Liverpool.

Special Cumulative Impact Policies (SCIP’s) were introduced five years ago in the Allerton Road, Lark Lane, Ropewalks and Cavern Quarter areas and are currently being reviewed by the Licensing Authority.

SCIPs are established when there is concern that the cumulative impact of the number, type and density of licensed premises is having a negative effect on public safety, crime, disorder, public nuisance or children’s’ safety in an area.

They limit new premises from opening and also prevent existing bars and clubs from varying licenses in ways that would worsen any problems in an area.

Councillor Christine Banks, chair of the licensing committee said: “These policies were introduced some years ago and we need to review them from time to time to make sure they are still appropriate.

“We want to know what people with an interest in these areas think. Should we keep these SCIPs as they are? Should they be amended in any way or should we abolish them?

“We have asked businesses and other groups in the areas what they think- but we want to hear from as many members of the public what their views are.”

If you want to have your say  a questionnaire is available at: http://liverpool.gov.uk/council/consultation/consultation-on-liverpools-existing-special-cumulative-impact-policies/

Following the consultation a report on the responses will be made to the Licensing and Gambling Committee who will make a recommendation to the full council.