Lords licensing committee to quiz residents' associations

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How are local residents impacted by licensed venues?
How are local residents impacted by licensed venues?

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The investigation into licensing by the House of Lords will continue next week with residents’ association being quizzed.

The evidence session on Tuesday 11 October at the Lords Licensing Act 2003 committee meeting will aim to focus on the tension between local residents and licensed venues.

Giving evidence at 11.30am will be chairman of the committee Dr Alan Shrank; Carol Davies, from the National Association of Residents’ Associations (NORA); Patricia Thomas, chair of Harmood Clarence Hartland Residents’ Association; and Richard Brown of Westminster Citizens Advice Bureau.

Questions they will face could include:

•    Do current licensing laws work in favour of residents’ interests or against them?

•    Do licensing committees properly represent the interests of everyone involved?

•    Does the procedure allow residents to participate fully in the hearings before licensing committees?

•    Do other authorities such as police and planners reflect residents’ interests fully?

•    What is the impact of temporary events notices on residents?

•    How do appeals work for residents?

•    What has been the impact of the Live Music Act 2012 on residents?

The evidence sessions will start 11.30am on Tuesday 11 October in Committee Room 3A.

Related topics: Licensing law

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