West Suffolk Council

On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council were replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. We will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. You may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails, due to the change.

Consultation for the review of our Statement of Licensing Policy

Audience: Chief officer of police, fire and rescue authority, persons/bodies representative of local premises licence holders, local club premises certificate holders, local personal licence holders, businesses and residents.

This consultation is now closed. It was open from 10 July 2017 to 01 September 2017.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council is required to produce a Statement of Licensing Policy under Section 5 of the Licensing Act 2003.

The policy states how the council as the licensing authority will exercise its licensing functions in order to promote the four licensing objectives:

  1. the prevention of crime and disorder
  2. the prevention of public nuisance
  3. public safety and
  4. the protection of children from harm

The aim of the licensing policy is to ensure premises that will extend the diversity of entertainment and attract a wide range of participants are encouraged, rather than premises mainly or exclusively focused on the sale of alcohol.

The council believes that achieving this will promote the licensing objectives as well as support other important strategies and corporate priorities such as:

  • Resilient families and communities that are healthy and active – maintaining and extending the variety of premises which meet our licensing objectives will help support local neighbourhoods and communities and protect vulnerable people.
  • Increased opportunities for economic growth – ensuring a mix of well-managed and licensed leisure activities helps to make the borough more attractive for people living and visiting whilst minimising the risk of anti-social behaviour.

The council is required to carry out a review of its Statement of Licensing Policy every five years.

Our current statement was adopted in 2012 and we are now inviting your comments as part of a wider consultation before an updated Statement is adopted in December 2017.

We are undertaking an eight-week public consultation on the review of the policy which will take place between 10 July 2017 and 1 September 2017.

View the draft updated Statement of Licensing Policy

You can comment on the draft policy by email to: licensing@westsuffolk.gov.uk

Cumulative Impact Policy areas

Cumulative impact policies were introduced as a tool for licensing authorities to manage the growth of licensed premises in an area where the number, type and density of premises selling alcohol could lead to nuisance and disorder.

The current Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) covering key areas of Bury St Edmunds town centre was adopted by the council in 2014. The Policy forms part of the Statement of Licensing Policy under Section 5 of the Licensing Act 2003.

The council is therefore consulting on the proposal to reinstate the current CIP areas and to also provide an opportunity for other areas to be considered.

The review aims to assess the cumulative impact of licensed premises in identified areas in the town so that we can meet our four licensing objectives:

  1. the prevention of crime and disorder
  2. the prevention of public nuisance
  3. public safety and
  4. the protection of children from harm.

To inform the review, the council has drawn on various data including crime statistics to establish the level of reported incidents in the proposed CIP area. Please look at the following information before completing the survey.

The CIP map and police incident data shows the percentage of incidents in both the current and proposed CIP area between the hours of 5am-7pm and midnight-4am.

Supplementary information explains what constitutes public safety and crime as well as setting out crime statistics by day of the week.

Your comments will assist the licensing authority when it considers whether to re-adopt, modify, or replace the cumulative impact policy within the Statement of Licensing Policy.

Who is being consulted?

The licensing authority must consult the persons listed in section 5(3) of the 2003 Act. These are:

  • the chief officer of police for the area
  • the fire and rescue authority for the area
  • persons/bodies representative of local premises licence holders
  • persons/bodies representative of local club premises certificate holders
  • persons/bodies representative of local personal licence holders, and
  • persons/bodies representative of businesses and residents in its area.

To take part in this consultation complete the online questionnaire

If you have any questions or comments about this consultation, email licensing@westsuffolk.gov.uk

Closing date for comments and questionnaire: 1 September 2017