Late-night venues visited by council

POLICE and district councillors visited night-spots in Skegness and Ingoldmells over the festive period to get a better idea of the night-time economy.

Chief Inspector, Daryl Pearce, East Lindsey’s portfolio holder for Communities, Coun. Sandra Harrison, licensing committee chairman, Coun. George Horton, and other Licensing Committee councillors, visited bars and clubs in the two coastal resorts.

They also visited Louth and the CCTV Control Room, which serves Alford, Horncastle, Louth, Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea, Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and Skegness from its base at Skegness Police Station.

As well as visiting bars and nightclubs, the group also visited Butlins where an 80s reunion was being held for 7,500 people – a major event for the district outside the main holiday season.

Chief Inspector Daryl Pearce said: “Our tour was an ideal opportunity to show the councillors making the licensing decisions how they work in practice.

“Councillors were able to experience some of the challenges we face along with the challenges that bar owners themselves face.”

Councillor Sandra Harrison, said: “The night time economy is so important to East Lindsey and it’s something we must continue to grow in a controlled way.

“We want to ensure local people and visitors can have a great, but safe, night out in our towns and villages.

“The visit provided us all with the first hand experience we need to make more informed licensing decisions that benefit the business community and those visiting the various venues.

“Although the council won’t always make the most popular licensing decisions, we will continue to focus squarely on ensuring people are safe when enjoying a night out.”

East Lindsey District Council licences 903 premises for alcohol or regulated entertainment and considers around 200 licence changes each year.

The police and district council work closely through the East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership.