Licensees in Colchester have held an emergency meeting – faced with threats of a clampdown on the town’s night-time drinking culture.It seems they aren’t too happy at the activities of the ‘Something must be done!’ crowd:
Leading Colchester councillors are suggesting planned changes to the licensing laws could allow them to punish licensees who let customers get drunk and cause trouble in the town centre.So in the face of threats to their livelihood, they are organising to prevent a united front? Sounds familiar….
In response, about 30 publicans involved in the town's Pubwatch scheme met at the Bull public house, in Crouch Street.
They discussed the proposals, ways to improve the atmosphere in the town centre at night and concerns that councillors’ comments were giving licensees a bad name.It seems that most of the things the councillors are complaining about are already being address, according to the Pubwatch scheme:
The group’s deputy chairman, Paul Ryan, said: “In the 15 months I have been running Liquid nightclub in the High Street, and as deputy chairman, I have personally witnessed the strong partnership between the Pubwatch members, the council’s licensing department and the police.Which is..?
“Never has this partnership had a better result than the SOS bus.”
The bus – funded by the council, community groups and licensees – parks in the High Street at weekends, offering support, advice and help to late-night revellers. Pubwatch insists many of the measures suggested by councillors to improve the atmosphere in the town at night are already being brought in.Ah, but you see, licensees don’t have to get re-elected.
But councillors do…