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Licensing reform: have your say

Southwark Council is keen to hear from Bankside residents during the final week of the consultation on the Draft Statement of Licensing Policy which will shape licensing policy when new legislation comes into effect next year.

The Licensing Act 2003 comes into force in 2005. Under the Act premises that provide alcohol, entertainment and night time refreshments will be able to apply for licences from the council to open for up to 24 hours. As part of its preparations, the council is required to prepare a Statement of Licensing Policy that says how the council will decide licence applications. On 1 September Southwark Council began a consultation exercise aimed at generating the views of interested parties, including local business and local residents, on the council's Draft Policy.

If you wish to submit your comments on the Draft Statement of Licensing Policy, time is running out. The Licensing Service must receive your views by 15 October 2004. However, further information on the law and a copy of the Draft Policy can still be obtained from the Licensing Service by calling 020 7525 5748 or visiting the website.

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