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Levy dismissed: Kingston Council has ruled out a late-night levy

Late-night levy thrown out by Kingston Council

By Helen Gilbert

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has welcomed a decision by Kingston Council to dismiss a possible late-night levy in the Royal borough.

The rules for pubs around trading outside


How to avoid £150 fine for trading outside

By Poppleston Allen

Following national reports of a 5-year-old girl receiving a £150 fine for trading on the street in Mile End, east London, The Morning Advertiser's legal experts Poppleston Allen advised operators on outdoor trading.

How to understand local council's statement of licensing policy

Legal advice

How to understand local council's statement of licensing policy

By Poppleston Allen

A local authority's statement of licensing policy (SOLP) outlines the licensing information in the area and can affect a premises under the council's care. Legal experts, Poppleston Allen give advice on how to understand the statement.

Councils restrict licensing opening hours ruining pubs

Licensing restrictions

'We're ruined'...Are councils too quick to restrict opening hours?

By Oli Gross

Restrictions to a pub’s opening hours can have huge consequences - shutting early to appease neighbours can devastate takings, and restricting garden hours can be off-putting for smokers or customers hoping to sit outside. But do councils strike a fair...

Cheltenham late night levy review


Trade figures call for review of late-night levy

By Mike Berry

Senior trade figures have called on the new government to review the late-night levy (LNL) following the release of figures revealing that Cheltenham Borough Council has raised less than half the money expected from the fee and that one in five licensed...

Full analysis of the Cheltenham late-night levy revelations

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Full analysis of the Cheltenham late-night levy revelations

By Michelle Perrett

Cheltenham was the second council in the UK to introduce a late-night levy (LNL) in April 2014. A year on, the PMA’s legal specialist Poppleston Allen made a Freedom of Information request to assess its impact on pubs and other licensed venues. Michelle...

Blackpool EMRO

Blackpool could open the EMRO floodgates

By John Harrington

Blackpool could “open the floodgates” to early morning restriction orders (EMROs) being implemented elsewhere, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) Autumn Conference heard.

Late-night levy Newcastle

Trade condemns Newcastle's late-night levy approval

By Ellie Bothwell

Newcastle City Council’s decision to introduce a late-night levy has provoked fears that it will give other councils the green light and force small operators out of business.

Pubs bars EMROs late night levy

Majority of local authorities shun EMROs and late-night levies

By John Harrington

More than three quarters of local authorities have ruled out introducing either an early morning restriction order (EMRO) or a late night levy (LNL) in the near future, while just 1% say they plan to introduce either measure, according to a survey of...

Alfresco eating and drinking: It's not too early to start planning

Legal checklist: Planning for alfresco drinking and dining

By Poppleston Allen

Fancy a bit of alfresco drinking and dining in January? Perhaps not, but if you are planning on putting some tables and chairs outside when the sun shines again, it’s actually not too early to start thinking about what permissions you may need to apply...

Greene King seals deal with council

Greene King seals deal with council

By Gurjit Degun

Greene King has appointed Reading Borough Council as its single point of contact for consultation with all councils on health and safety issues for its pubs.

CCTV: inadequate coverage

Poor CCTV blamed for pub vandalism

By Lesley Foottit

An Essex pub has blamed poor council CCTV in the area for a series of vandalism attacks on the property. The privately-owned Sutton Arms in Southend...

Notts: crackdown on street drinking

Notts plans city-wide ban on street drinking

By John Harrington

Nottingham plans to use a new law to inflict a total ban on street drinking. In what's believed to be a first, the city council wants to use powers...

Desperate measures: Panorama's Richard Bilton demonstrates a mock-up of a post-office style queue

Councils urged to ignore BBC claims

By Tony Halstead

A trade boss has written to 100 councils in northern England urging them not to be misled by the BBC that a minimum price operates in Oldham.

Five Oldham pubs have agreed not to run promotions

Oldham pubs sign away promo rights

By Tony Halstead

Five Oldham pubs have agreed to controversial restrictions on drinks promotions proposed by the town's trading standards. The MA understands five of...

Lacors: There has been high compliance

No need for smoking police

By Ewan Turney

Predictions of smoking police to enforce the ban proved wide of the mark, according to a council leader. Speaking on the anniversary of the ban,...

The legal view

The legal view

For many, licensing reform represents the biggest change for the last 30 years. Anna Mathias and Niall McCann from licensing lawyers Joelson Wilson,...

A Canterbury tale

A Canterbury tale

The trade forced local authorities to back down when it recently won a landmark High Court victory over Canterbury's over-zealous interpretation of...