Licensing consultations: LHNCC’s submission

(Please see this previous post for the background to the following.)

LHNCC has made a detailed submission to the current licensing consultation. In brief, LHNCC

  • welcomes the opportunity to comment on Edinburgh Licensing Board’s Statement
    of Licensing Policy
  • strongly supports the suggestion that the Licensing Board should open a specific
    review and consultation on Amplified Music policy
  • agrees that the Board should strengthen its policy on over-provision, including ‘intermediate zones’ to help to
    prevent alcohol-related harm from spreading more widely.
  • points out there are parts of its area that have previously been uninhabited, but that are now being developed into large new housing areas
  • would like to see a significant improvement in the Edinburgh Licensing Board’s commitment to accessibility of information, to transparency, and to communication
  • believes that overprovision of alcohol sales in Leith is directly linked to unacceptably high levels of alcohol-related antisocial behaviour, violence and crime, hospitalisation rates, death rates, fires and poor health and well-being.
  • commends the NE Action on Alcohol Group on an excellent piece of research that provides the evidence to support this view
  • reiterates and endorses certain general points made in the Scottish Green Party’s policy on alcohol statement:
    • Recognising the valuable role that pubs can play in the life of a community. We believe that this is particularly important in the case of smaller communities, and that it is best provided for by independent pubs rather than those controlled by large chains. We recognise the positive benefit to a community which well-run pubs and other licensed venues can provide.
    • Supporting the right of communities to be consulted before existing pubs are subject to a change of use, closure or demolition. We would seek to ensure that communities are able to exercise the option to take over a pub and operate it as a community owned enterprise rather than see it closed.
    • Supporting reform for tied pubs to ensure that licensees have a fair deal from
      suppliers.
    • Asserting the belief that the dominance of a small number of multinationals over the alcohol industry, both in production and in sales, has exacerbated the harmful effects of alcohol. We celebrate the resurgence of small independent brewers in Scotland. We wish to encourage businesses that are based on quality rather than volume sales.

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