Have your say on the council's Licensing Policy

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Councillors seek the views of residents to improve the city council's updated Licensing Policy.

Manchester City Council is consulting on an updated version of its Licensing Policy for 2016-2021 and local councillors want to hear the views of city centre residents.

Cllr Kevin Peel said:

"When I was first elected as a councillor four years ago I promised that we would strengthen the city council's licensing policy and give residents a stronger voice in the making of licensing decisions. We've made some improvements and had dozens of licence applications rejected or amended to better protect residents, but there is more we need to do.

"Our aim has always been to get the right balance between maintaining a vibrant night-time economy and respecting the rights of the people who live here. This update gives us the chance to strengthen the policy further. We've managed to toughen up the sections on good practice and resident engagement by applicants and licence holders. We now want to hear your thoughts on further changes or your support for the changes as they stand."

Council Leader Sir Richard Leese in his foreword to the new draft policy said:

"Manchester’s vibrant leisure and night time economy plays an important role in its success; contributing to economic growth and investment in the city, increased employment, and a diverse cultural and leisure offer is important in enhancing the reputation of the city.

"We want high quality licensed premises and events, which we will achieve through ensuring the four licensing objectives are promoted with high standards of operation and appropriate safeguards in place.

"This licensing policy seeks to complement local aspirations and operators are encouraged to have regard to and support achieving our ambitions for the city."

The consultation is open until 25th September. We'll be holding a public meeting in early September to gather your views, but you can also read the policy and respond online here.


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