Pub licensing restrictions lifted in Southend

By Lesley Foottit

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Police back the end of the CIZ in Southend
Police back the end of the CIZ in Southend
Restrictions on licence applications for pubs and bars in Southend town centre will be lifted from 7 January following a consultation. In November...

Restrictions on licence applications for pubs and bars in Southend town centre will be lifted from 7 January following a consultation.

In November 2005 a Cumulative Impact Zone (CIZ) was implemented in the high street and sea front at police request to crack down on alcohol-related crime.

CIZs were a measure included in the Licensing Act 2003 that shifted the onus of proving a new venue would not exacerbate alcohol-related disorder from the police on to the applicant.

A total of 1,000 individuals across local businesses, organisations and residents were contacted.

Twenty-five parties responded — a good level for a licensing consultation — and none, including Essex Police, wanted the CIZ to remain in place.

It was found that alcohol-related crime had stayed at the same level throughout the CIZ period and 76 licence applications were "dealt with effectively" during that time — 35 new licences were granted (including several applications from existing premises) and 41 were for variations of existing licences.

"Some venues still attract problems," said Sergeant Danny Barnes. "But the police want to deal with applications on a case by case basis. I think that is the way forward."

Barnes said the reason for the fall in crime was "a grey area" and resulted from a mixture of police initiatives.

"It there is a sudden surge in crime we will have to look at CIZs again," he said. "I hope the initiatives in place will keep that at bay."

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