Manchester proposes ranking of 'problem' pubs

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The council claims a ranking system would 'allow more effective control'
The council claims a ranking system would 'allow more effective control'
Pubs in Manchester could be ranked on criteria such as the age of customers and the amount of seating — in a bid by local authorities to identify problem venues.

A report from Manchester City Council proposes forming a team to “take strong enforcement action against those breaching licence conditions or poorly managed premises”. This includes deciding whether to prosecute problematic premises or seek a review.

The team would look into developing a ranking system of licensed premises, using a series of indicators “such as young customer base and low ratio of seating in venues”. It has been based on models created by Liverpool John Moores University and Cardiff University.

Interventions

A council report  claims the system means it “would not just be police data that was used to risk rate premises and therefore, in theory, premises would be visited/interventions put in place that would be preventative and therefore allow more effective control”.

Poppleston Allen solicitor Andy Grimsey said: “A system of inspections or ranking shouldn’t hide behind generalised statistics about the age profile or number of seats in a venue – these may of course be a factor but one would hope that the enforcement agencies have sufficient knowledge of their own area to be much more specific and targeted in their risk-assessment of potentially troublesome venues.

"Ultimately premises that don’t cause a problem should be given a light-touch inspection regime whereas premises that do should expect much more rigorous attention."

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