Licensing officers mediate to avoid hearings

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A North Yorkshire council managed to avoid any licence hearings at all - thanks to the mediation of licensing officers. About 30 pubs in Selby -...

A North Yorkshire council managed to avoid any licence hearings at all - thanks to the mediation of licensing officers.

About 30 pubs in Selby - where All Party Parliamentary Beer Group chairman John Grogan is MP - received representations in response to variation bids.

In total, 150 residents wrote letters of complaint about applications by pubs to open later.

But instead of setting up hearings, Selby District Council's licensing enforcement officer, Tim Grogan, who is not related to the Beer Group chairman, visited the residents and persuaded them to withdraw their complaints.

He explained that the council and police have new powers to take action against venues if problems occur under the new licensing regime.

'Selby didn't have any hearings. That was the consequence of mediation with all the people who made representations,' he added.

'I just said, 'wait and see - make the decision as and when the pub has been granted its hours'.'

He said that up to 2% of hearings result in hours being cut back.

The majority of representations are not supported by the police, he added - and most residents don't even turn up to hearings.

'Fortunately ratepayers in Selby, because of the mediation, will not be faced with the costs of hearings,' he said.

Related topics: Licensing law

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