Pubs, bars and clubs in Chelmsford will be able to submit responses to a possible late-night levy from next Thursday (27 March), as the council becomes the latest authority to consult on whether to introduce the fee.
Chelmsford City Council’s licensing and regulatory committee decided to consult on the tax at a meeting last night, after the majority of councillors voted in favour. Only one councillor voted against.
The consultation will run for 12 weeks from 27 March until 23 June 2014.
The proposal is to introduce a levy on 1 November 2014 to apply to premises that sell alcohol between 1am and 6am. The proposal excludes premises with overnight accommodation, theatres, cinemas and premises only licensed during the levy period on New Year’s Eve.
Councillor Lance Millane, chair of the licensing and regulatory committee, told the Publican’s Morning Advertiser: “It is not set in stone. There are lots of things to look at. After the consultation it will come back to the committee and be decided by full Council.”
The Police has stated that the increase in the number of incidents on a Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings are directly related to the three busiest nights in the city-centre and therefore the night-time economy is having a “direct impact” on police resources and community safety initiatives.