The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #55964   Message #875105
Posted By: The Shambles
26-Jan-03 - 08:11 AM
Thread Name: PELs Government v MU & lawyers
Subject: RE: PELs Government v MU & lawyers
In principle the Bill is totally unjust and damaging. In practice?

Some of the MPs are persuaded that it will work, - will it - can it?

All local authority licensing depts are fully occupied at the moment. They deal with taxi licenses and PELs. Nationally there is only a 5% take-up figure of PELs.

After the 'tick-box' application for the new entertainment licence, the process is exactly the same as now. With LAs dealing only with 5% of all premises, it still takes a miniumum of 2 months to grant an even one uncontested PEL.

If the application is contested, (and we could always make sure that every application was), there has to be a public hearing, which takes considerably longer.

It is really possible that local authorites can deal with an extra 95% of entertainment licence applications, on top of their added duty to issue all premises licenses, which is the old liquor licence the courts are now dealing with, and the personal licenses?

How?