Cornerstone Barristers’ Philip Kolvin QC and Clare Eames, a partner at licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen, give their take on late-night levy charges, which are payments for nothing during the coronavirus lockdown.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council have rejected proposals to introduce a Late Night Levy (LNL) or an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO) after deciding there wasn’t enough evidence to implement the schemes.
The decision by Newcastle City Council to refuse JD Wetherspoon’s application to reduce its hours to dodge the city’s late night levy is likely to be overturned if there is a legal challenge, industry lawyers have claimed.
JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has won a licensing hearing to reduce one of its pub’s hours to avoid paying a late-night levy, despite the fact police had objected on the grounds of crime and disorder, public safety and nuisance.
Industry figures have spoken out against the City of London Corporation’s proposal for a late night levy, demanding further research must be undertaken and warning that a fee may undermine existing licensing policy.