STAFFORD’S MP has welcomed new powers which allow Stafford Borough Council to wage war on late drinking and the problems it creates.
From October 31, two new measures came into force as part of the 2011 Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act with Early Morning Restriction Orders allowing councils to restrict alcohol sales between midnight and 6am and a late night levy which they can charge those selling alcohol late at night in their area to help recover the high costs of policing.
Jeremy Lefroy said: “These are sensible measures which will enable our local councils to crack down if irresponsible late night sales of alcohol in an area are resulting in unacceptable disturbance to residents.
“It will also ensure that councils can recover some of the extra cost of keeping people safe late at night from those selling alcohol,” he said.
“Our restaurants, pubs and clubs are important to the local economy and I wish to see them thrive, but they will only do so if people know that they can enjoy themselves peacefully.”
He added that he welcomed the new measures and was sure those who wanted to see a safe and responsible night time economy would, too.