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2 December 2010
Health campaigners welcome new measures to give public greater say
on licensing decisions
health campaign group Our Life, welcomed new government measures to
give local communities more powers to influence licensing decisions
as part of a range of measures to tackle alcohol-related crime and
The measures, contained in a new Police Reform and Social
Responsibility Bill announced today, include giving communities and
local authorities greater control over alcohol licensing to tackle
problem premises. Local councils will have new powers to restrict
premises from selling alcohol late at night and will be able to
clamp down harder on premises who persistently sell to children.
Local NHS trusts will also be able to oppose applications for new
alcohol licenses where public health could be put at risk.
Our Life chief executive Dr Alison Giles said:- “When the
government consulted on these issues earlier in the year we
presented research that showed that nearly 50% of people in the
North West avoid their town centres at night because of the drunken
behaviour of others, so we are delighted that the public is to be
given a say in when, where and how new licenses are granted. Our
Life has also long argued for licensing to take account of health
considerations and we welcome the fact that the government has come
round to this way of thinking.”
While welcoming many of the bill’s measures to address
alcohol-fuelled violence and disorder, Our Life was critical of the
non-inclusion of any proposals to ban below-cost selling of alcohol
by supermarkets. The government had previously promised to implement
a ban on below cost sales and this was widely expected to be
included in the bill, but the Home Office confirmed it had not been
“We are very disappointed that the government has not seen fit
to take immediate action to stop supermarkets selling alcohol at
pocket-money prices. Our
understanding is that the Home Office is struggling over the
definition of below-cost and how this might be implemented. Our
advice to them is simple. The most effective method of enforcing a
ban on below-cost selling is to introduce a minimum price of 50p per
unit of alcohol without delay. Our Life will continue to campaign
for its introduction.”said Dr Giles.
all cycling Santas!
LOCAL people are being invited to
don their Santa hats and get on their bikes this December for a
special Christmas cycling session.
Cycle Speke holds a free Festive bike ride on Sunday, 5 December
Setting off from Austin Rawlinson Lifestyles, Parklands at 2pm, the
ride heads, at a leisurely pace, to the Speke Garston Coastal
Reserve, via the old northern airfield with its grade 2 listed
As the cold nights set in, it’s a great way to get the blood
pumping, keep fit and meet other people who enjoy cycling, as well
as seeing parts of Speke you may not have seen before.
At the end of the ride, all cyclists will be treated to mince pies
and a hot drink at Speke Estate.
The ride is led by qualified cycle instructors, all abilities are
welcome and there’s no need to book. Cycle Speke’s winter rides
usually finish before dusk, but this cannot always be guaranteed -
so please make sure you check the lights on your bike.
Cyclists must have a roadworthy bike to take part and all children
under 14 should accompanied by an adult. Before each ride starts, a
free bike check is available. Problems can be diagnosed but not
If you don't have a bike, don't worry! Cycle Speke has a limited
number of pool bikes available. To book your bike in advance, please
phone Claudia on:- 0151 233 5246 or
First come, first served.
The Cycle Speke project is supported by the European Regional
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