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?