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Views sought on Watford Borough Council's licensing policy
Members of the public are being invited to have their say on the council’s updated licensing policy.
Watford Borough Council is proposing to introduce three sensitive licensing areas in Whippendell Road, Queens Road and Market Street.
These areas have been identified as at risk of suffering an increase in crime, anti-social behaviour and threats to children and public safety if new licensed premises are opened there.
Shops or bars wishing to open and sell alcohol late at night in these areas will therefore have to stick to rigorous conditions in order to limit their impact on the neighbourhood.
Watford Council is asking residents and businesses for evidence these streets, and others with similar conditions, would benefit from being sensitive licensing areas.
The changes come as part of the local authority’s decision to revise its entire licensing policy following changes in the law.
A draft plan was written following a consultation in the spring and the council would like to know the public’s opinion before it is put into practice.
The new policy can be found on www.watford.gov.uk/ccm/content/ehl/licensing/review-of-licensing-act-policy.en
A short questionnaire on the sensitive licensing areas can be downloaded from this website.
Written comments can also be sent to email@example.com. The deadline is September 20.
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