Conservative councillors welcome an effective end to the imposition of a Late Night Levy in Brighton and Hove after a recent report, presented to the Licensing Committee, recognised the issue of ‘pre-loading’ to be a major contributor to anti-social behaviour in the city.
The Community Safety Strategy highlighted that the practice of pre-loading – consuming quantities of cheap alcohol mainly from supermarkets and off-licences before going out – has a negative impact on the night-time economy.
Licensing Committee member Cllr Lee Wares said “I am delighted that pre-loading has been properly recognised as a main factor of some of the problems we see on our night-time streets, and this should end the debate about late opening bars and clubs being solely responsible. I have long held that taxing just a small group of businesses to pay for safeguarding measures was wrong. I am pleased that the Late Night Levy is now effectively dead.”
“Entities such as Safe Space and the beach buggies, currently under threat due to a lack of long-term funding and support, were recognised in the report as essential to making the city’s night economy safer. The Conservative Group therefore hopes that the Council and other agencies who benefit from these entities existing will come forward to provide the resources necessary to ensure these vital services continue.”
Leader of the Conservative Group, Tony Janio added, “Our night economy is part of a billion pound business that is absolutely essential to the future of our city, and as such should be approached as an asset rather than a problem. There are, of course, risks to people consuming high levels of alcohol, but it is time everybody got involved in finding a solution. I am pleased the Community Safety Strategy is finally helping to actively provide solutions rather than just being another talking shop.”