Gloucester City Council is to begin a consultation on whether to introduce a late night levy in their City. The Council acknowledged that an active night time economy brings additional costs for the Authority, the Police and other agencies which deal with issues such as crime and disorder, anti-social behaviour and hospital admissions.
Whilst the Council already has many initiatives to tackle these issues including CCTV, Taxi Marshals and Street Pastors it considered these so resource intensive that the introduction of a levy would allow relevant businesses to financially contribute towards them and also towards other new schemes to make Gloucester continue to be a safe destination.
The consultation relates to a levy for alcohol Licensed premises operating between midnight and 06:00 and it was identified that there are currently 185 premises that would be affected. Consultation commenced on the 15 September and will run until 7 December.
There is a proposal to apply a thirty percent reduction for premises that participate in both City Safe and those that have obtained Best Bar None accreditation.
It is interesting that Gloucester City Council is looking to introduce a late night levy when nearby Cheltenham Council are consulting on whether the Late Night Levy should cease to have an effect, preferring to support the Council’s adopted business improvement district.
For further information please contact Andrew Cochrane.