Pubs and clubs given their say on late night levy

Essex County Standard: Pubs and clubs given their say on late night levy Pubs and clubs given their say on late night levy

Pub and club owners have been given their say on plans to introduce a late night levy in Colchester.
Representatives from Memoirs Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, Yates’s and Liquid and Envy Colchester attended Colchester Council’s Task and Finish Group for Alcohol Consumption on Thursday. 
Essex Police inspector Jason Scrivener also attended.
A number of alternatives to the late night levy were also discussed.
The meeting, as with all task and finish groups, was held behind closed doors to allow the representatives to speak frankly about their businesses.
Chairman Bill Frame said: “We are talking to a range of businesses and the authorities about what it feels like in the town at night.
“We are also going to be engaging with young people 18-24 who we hope will give us their perspective on the night time economy.
“Its important we don’t have a knee-jerk reaction to recent events and TV programmes but consider the range of options open to us to try and make the late night economy pleasant and safe.”
The committee will meet in February and March before it reports back to full council.

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11:44am Mon 27 Jan 14

Jess Jephcott says...

All this pussyfooting around, something has got to be done. If people cannot behave themselves in town then places need to close earlier. There is no other option. The 2005 Licensing Act has failed us all and somebody with balls needs to address the situation. Until we reclaim the streets from the drunks and rebel rousers, Colchester will never be a place that visitors will want to stay. Why do we allow this to happen in our town? It is holding us back, not to mention the loss of revenue that a heritage town like ours could be generating. When are the elections exactly?
All this pussyfooting around, something has got to be done. If people cannot behave themselves in town then places need to close earlier. There is no other option. The 2005 Licensing Act has failed us all and somebody with balls needs to address the situation. Until we reclaim the streets from the drunks and rebel rousers, Colchester will never be a place that visitors will want to stay. Why do we allow this to happen in our town? It is holding us back, not to mention the loss of revenue that a heritage town like ours could be generating. When are the elections exactly? Jess Jephcott

3:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Im_Like_HELLO says...

Never mind, the binge drinking youth of today will meet early deaths through liver disease etc. and save the country a fortune in pensions and care in old age....
Never mind, the binge drinking youth of today will meet early deaths through liver disease etc. and save the country a fortune in pensions and care in old age.... Im_Like_HELLO

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