Hot topics > Alcohol Duty

Bath considers hiring public for disorder patrols'

Start a new thread04-Nov-2004

Related topics: Alcohol Duty , General News

Members of the public could be hired to walk around popular nightspots in Bath and gather evidence of alcohol-fuelled disorder to help determine whether the city has reached saturation point.

 

Bath's draft licensing policy says the council will consider a saturation policy to limit the number of licensed venues in key areas.

 

But this would only be enacted if it can be proved that there are too many pubs and clubs, causing high levels of alcohol-fuelled disorder, disturbing neighbourhoods and straining police resources.

 

At a recent meeting of the Bath Bar Charter Group (BBCG) ­ which includes licensees, police, residents and representatives from the council ­ an idea was floated to recruit people to accompany a police officer on weekend patrols to record late-night disorder.

 

The plan is for a cross-section of the population ­ including students, local residents and licensees from outside the city ­ to accompany the police. They would go to different points of the city in pairs and be paid £20.

 

The evidence they gather will be combined with crime figures from the police and used to push for a saturation policy.

 

Councillor Sarah Webb, a BBCG member and safety campaigner, said: "[The saturation policy] has to be robust because if [pub and club operators] want to apply they will appeal with lawyers.

 

"We have to be on good grounds if we are challenged."

Find us on Facebook

Spotlight

Poppelston Allen: Understanding recorded and live music law

10 tips on the Live Music Act

Never has the law relating to live and recorded music been so complex. Here is a brief...

National Minimum Wage - what you need to know

National Minimum Wage - what you need to know

HMRC is naming and shaming pubs, hotels and restaurants that pay below the national minimum wage. The...

The Big Interview: Mike Benner, SIBA

The Big Interview: Mike Benner, SIBA

In June Mike Benner left the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) after 20 years of campaigning, to...

Q&A: New pub food allergy requirements

Q&A: New pub food allergy requirements

Whether or not you serve food in your pub, the balance between your culinary and administration skills...

Follow us on