With representatives from Tamworth Borough Council’s environmental team, members of the council’s Licensing Committee and local businesses, lively and useful discussions took place, both sharing good practice and raising issues currently faced across the town. The Licensee Forum is made up of businesses that sell alcohol across the borough and provides a vital platform to share ideas, problems and solutions.
A second event will take place on Thursday May 15th, at the Castle Hotel, Ladybank, starting at 9.30am. This will also be open to businesses from East Staffordshire and Lichfield. Anyone wanting to attend should contact Beverley Chadwick at the Colin Grazier pub on 07940 911002 or by email: Ubar.email@example.com.
Issues raised at the event included: how to deal with underage drinking, anti-social behaviour in and around premises, legislation, drug use and drunkenness.
Tamworth Borough Council pledged to review and improve communication with licensees and look at ways to increase support for businesses; with practical ways of working and dealing with new and changing legislation. In addition, the council and businesses agreed to work more closely together to deal with issues, such as age verification schemes – including how to raise awareness of it, working more closely with off-licences and sharing information more widely and these will be discussed in more detail at the meeting in May.
Chairman of Tamworth Licensee forum Leigh Cheneler said, “It was a privilege to hold our first open day, aimed at Tamworth’s licensing trade, to work together to achieve best practice and helping to making Tamworth a great, safe place for all to enjoy. The forum has come a long way since its early days by sharing information, listening to each other and working alongside the police and local authority
“The day was a great success with members of the forum talking about their experiences and how they tackle issues they face. We were praised by the local police for the policies we have adopted, which had a significant impact on reducing incidents during the Christmas period.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended and helped to set up the event, along with members of the forum for taking part and giving their all to strive towards a better, vibrant safe Tamworth.”
Councillor Stephen Doyle, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said, “It was great that so many businesses attended this event. Licensees and owners of pubs, clubs and bars provide us with vital information about what problems they face and in turn, we can talk to them about what help and support is available to them.
“We want to support and work with licensed premises as they are an important part of our town. Not only do they contribute to our economy, they help bring people into our town.
“These sessions also help us to gain a better understanding of what issues licensees face, and how we can work together to overcome these.”
Tamworth Borough Council also runs meetings every six weeks for other businesses, which do not sell alcohol but have other licensing requirements.