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Residents boost as new licensing laws lead to businesses limiting late night opening

Published Thursday, 26 April 2012

Cumulative Impact Licensing Policy takes effect

Within days of coming into force, Enfield's new Licensing Policy is already taking effect after two businesses agreed to limit their opening hours to reduce the effect of late night trading on residents.

Under the Licensing Act 2003 businesses can apply for a licence for alcohol, entertainment and late-night food sales up to 24 hours a day, but following the introduction of Enfield Council's new Cumulative Impact Licensing Policy on 1 April in four parts of the borough  licensees will only be granted a late license to operate beyond 11pm if they can demonstrate opening later would not cause crime, disorder, nuisance or child protection issues.

Prior to the policy being introduced the Council's Community Safety Team, in partnership with the Police, identified four areas where there is a link between the concentrations of licensed premises and anti-social behaviour and violent crimes - Edmonton, Enfield Highway, Enfield Town and Southgate.

Within days of the introduction of the new policy, two applicants for late-licences in the four specific areas had volunteered to reduce their applications (and only seek an 11pm licence) rather than take their application before a hearing of the Sub-Committee.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "We want to strike a balance between promoting the interests of businesses and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. The new licensing policy will help keep our streets safer, protect residents from disruption from badly run businesses near their homes, but as importantly allow those businesses which are run sensibly and safely to open late.

"This is a sensible, proportionate and logical solution to an issue that affects a number of residents each year and will help support wider efforts to reduce crime and disorder in Enfield."

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