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Edition No. 216

Date:- 29 August 2005

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Licensees urged to apply for licences

THE Council is urging businesses and individuals in Warrington that have not already done so to apply for their new premises licence, club premises certificate or personal licence. The Council's Licensing Committee was advised that as of Friday 12 August the Council had received 499 applications for premises licences and club premises certificates and 499 applications for personal licences, under the new licensing regime introduced by the Licensing Act 2003.

The Committee was concerned that these figures clearly showed that a substantial number of businesses and individuals that required a licence or certificate had not as yet applied. Licences under the new licensing regime come into effect on the Second Appointed Day, 24 November 2005. The 6 August deadline for converting existing licences has now passed but there is still time for licensees and any other potential applicants to apply for a new licence.

Businesses that sell alcohol, provide public entertainment or sell hot food after 11pm must apply for a new licence or certificate. Some businesses will require a licence for the first time.

Councillor Brian Maher, Chairman of the Licensing Committee, said:- "Individuals and businesses must have their licence/certificate in time for 24th November 2005 and those that left it too late risked closure or prosecution. As the application process takes time I would strongly advise applicants not to delay submitting their applications. In the case of new applications for premises licences and club premises certificates, applicants that have not already applied are recommended to apply before 24 September 2005 to enable their licence to be dealt with before the deadline."

New £50m chapter for Central Library

LIVERPOOL'S famous Picton Reading Room is to be renovated after the government approved extra money for the redevelopment of Central Library. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has awarded Liverpool an extra £16.4 million to finance the scheme through PFI. This in addition to the massive £31.5 million announced last year, takes the total awarded to almost £50 million.

It means the city council will be able to restore the Picton, Hornby and Oak reading rooms to their former glory, and put more of Liverpool's fabulous rare book and archive collection on display. This is in addition to the radical remodeling of the Central Library, for which funding has already been secured, including an 18,000 square metre library and archive centre, stunning new entrance and space for 250 public computers. Previously the extra work had been dependent on a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Councillor Warren Bradley, executive member for leisure and culture, said:- "This is brilliant news for one of the oldest public libraries in Britain. It will enable us to transform it into one of the best libraries in the country while at the same time ensuring it's preserved for future generations. The extra money is a tremendous vote of confidence in the scheme from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. It is clear that they understand the central role of the library in the culture of Liverpool."

Once completed, the Central Library will become one of the key buildings in the city's World Heritage site, with customer numbers expected to rise from 600,000 to over 1 million a year.

Joyce Little, Head of Libraries and Information Services, said:- ''This news means we will be have a Central Library fit for the 21st century. It will not only be a major resource for the city but will also help attract tourists from around the world.''

Work is expected to begin on the library in 2006.

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