Night time economy recommendations to be discussed
are to discuss a series of recommendations to manage the district’s night time
Pubs, clubs, cinemas, theatres and restaurants all provide entertainment, jobs
and support economic growth.
But there are concerns that the introduction of 24-hour licensing, a decade
ago, has changed the way the night time economy operates, and a new approach is
needed to tackle the challenges of managing the impact of alcohol.
Members of Wakefield Council’s Cabinet, meeting at Wakefield Town Hall on April
18 at 10.30am, are to discuss a series of recommendations for how they can work
with partners to deliver a long-term management plan.
Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities and Chair of Wakefield
Community Safety Partnership said: “Our city and town centres are very popular
and they attract lots of people for a night out. It’s important that everyone
enjoys themselves. But like other towns and cities we are facing challenges and
I look forward to discussing this with colleagues.”
Councillors will be asked to approve a total of 12 recommendations, including
backing an initiative by the Wakefield Community Safety Partnership to lobby
the Home Office to introduce a national definition of alcohol related crime, as
this would support policing and licensing action.
Other recommendations include raising awareness of binge drinking and promoting
‘sensible drinking’, educating young people on how to stay safe on a night out
and providing continuous training for bar and pub staff on how to deal with
Another recommendation is for Councillors to back the Community Safety
Partnership which is looking to provide a Street Pastor Scheme in Wakefield, to
support people who have drunk too much and are vulnerable. This would
complement the work of the city’s night marshalls.
The recommendations have come after a review of the night time economy by the
Council’s Communities and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Chair of the Committee Cllr Albert Manifield said: “The review aims to support
the council and partners in delivering a long term plan in managing the night
time economy. We hope our recommendations will go a long way to achieving that