Night time economy recommendations to be discussed

10/04/2017, PR8524

Night time economy

Senior councillors are to discuss a series of recommendations to manage the district’s night time economy.

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.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen 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 vulnerable people.

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 aim.”

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