London litter clause scrapped

By James Wilmore

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Plans to hit London licensees with more red tape over licensing have been dropped following opposition from a trade group. Under the London Local...

Plans to hit London licensees with more red tape over licensing have been dropped following opposition from a trade group.

Under the London Local Authorities Bill, publicans would have to have submitted a copy of any licence applications or variations to the litter authorities - in addition to the current eight responsible authorities.

Litter authorities were also due to be given the power to object to licence applications or variations.

But the clause has been scrapped thanks to a petition from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

The group argued that litter is already covered under the Licensing Act and an extra authority is not needed. Its petition claimed the move would "place further administrative and cost burdens on licensed premises in London".

Mark Hastings, communications director at the BBPA, said: "It's very pleasing we have successfully headed-off what would have been an unnecessary addition to red tape surrounding licensing."

Westminster Council previously claimed there was "nothing that should increase bureaucracy" in the clause.

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