In February, the council asked its licensing committee to research the potential impact of introducing an EMRO on the town centre’s licensed premises between 2am and 6am.
The order prevents alcohol from being served in a given area between specified hours.
The council’s interim director of public health concluded at yesterday’s (29 March) licensing committee meeting, however, that a more detailed report will need to be issued ahead of the committee’s June/July meeting.
The interim director stated that the more detailed summer report should take account of crime statistics, complaints of local residents and trends in licence applications. He advised that local partnership schemes or cumulative impact policies be considered ahead of an EMRO as well.
Kate Nicholls from the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has said that an EMRO would “undermine local business” in Hartlepool and would not have the desired effect on antisocial behaviour.
“There seems to be no logical, evidence-based reason for the council to revisit this potentially very disruptive measure,” she said.
“The council appears to be aware that the EMRO, a blunt instrument, would hinder, not help the town. Hopefully the correct decision will be made.”
Hartlepool Borough Council has consulted on introducing an EMRO on three occasions in the past and decided on every occasion against introducing the legislation.
The legislation is not used by any other local authority in the country.