Licensing Committee agrees to formally consult on possible earlier midweek pub closing

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Long-suffering Ormskirk residents are one step closer to having their night’s sleep restored after councillors agreed unanimously on Tuesday evening to formally consult on an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO).

The committee agreed to a motion moved by Adrian which would see a consultation on possible restrictions from half past midnight on Monday to Thursday evenings for licenced premises in and near the town centre. There would be no restrictions in the height of summer or over the Christmas and New Year period.

Adrian first raised the possibility of an EMRO last November after being inundated with resident complaints. He said that some residents are woken night after night between 2am and 3am while other complaints relate to verbal abuse; criminal damage and other disorder.

After the committee meeting Adrian said, “I read the committee report and listened as the debate progressed. As matters currently stand, this proposal offers the best prospect of a solution to the problem evidenced to the committee. The consultation, when it starts later in the autumn, will give others the opportunity to make representations and if there is another solution, then great. However, in the 5 months since the council first debated this, the situation has not improved; and complaints have continued to come in. No realistic alternative has been suggested by others. The problem will not get better unless we take action.”

Adrian said that he was delighted that every councillor on the committee supported the motion. “When I first raised the issue last year, I think there was a view that the problem was not significant. That perception is changing. The proposal we will consult on is based on the preliminary evidence presented and is reasonable and proportionate to the problem faced, that’s why the motion secured the support of every councillor present.”

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