Clare Eames, partner at the Publican Morning Advertiser’s legal specialist Poppleston Allen said: “The licensing committee decided against the introduction of a LNL or an EMRO after hearing about the positive work going on in the town centre to tackle alcohol related problems.
“Dorset police did not support the proposals and referred to a number of initiatives that had been introduced to tackle problems, including the launch of the Best Bar None accreditation scheme this year, the Pubwatch group, enhanced patrols and a voluntary reduction in licensing hours by some premises.”
A report from the council found premises in the area would face paying almost £800 more a year if the levy was implemented.
Senior trade figures called for a review of late night levys across the country following figures revealed earlier this year that showed Cheltenham Borough Council has raised less than half the money expected from the fee.
One licensee in the area said there had been ‘no visible changes’ in policing levels since the levy’s introduction.
Camden council recently performed a U-turn over its consultation to introduce a levy, and reclassified the consultation as ‘an informal exercise’ rather than the formal process many believed it was.