Flooding and night-time economy on Royal Borough's cabinet agenda

Flooding and night-time economy on Royal Borough's cabinet agenda

Philip Dewey

Flooding and night-time economy on Royal Borough's cabinet agenda
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
A call to the Government to change licensing legislation could be made by the Royal Borough in order to help manage the night-time economy.

The borough's cabinet is due to meet tomorrow to debate concerns about Government legislation hindering their ability to help the police in dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour at late-night premises in Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead.

In February, the cabinet agreed to campaign for changes to the Licensing Act 2003 to give local authorities more flexibility in dealing with the night-time economy.

If agreed, council leader Cllr David Burbage (Con, Bray) will write to Government asking them to consider a range of amendments to legislation.

This includes a return to the system of personal licences, the introduction of a protection of public health licensing objective, a return to the standardised opening hours system, the ability to target Early Morning Restriction Orders (EMROs) to individual premises, and the ability to introduce Late Night Levies to parts of a licensing authority’s area.

Cabinet are also due to decide whether to support the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Open for Business: Rewiring Licensing campaign which calls for a complete reform of the licensing framework.

A flood risk management report will also be presented to cabinet which could see £598,000 spent on flood prevention and highway drainage, if approved.

Since May, grant funding of £2.1m has been secured from Government to repair roads, pavements and right of ways during the winter floods in the Royal Borough.

The report will also give an update on the works carried out by the Environment Agency (EA) at Eton End School, in Eton Road, Datchet Black Potts Weir, Cookham, and Broadmoor Road, in Waltham St Lawrence.

The meeting is due to take place at Windsor Guildhall.


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