Our policy is, where ever possible, to try to work with licensed premises to develop working practices which protect the interests of the wider community and where necessary to press for the appropriate conditions to be imposed by the licensing authority
Bath city centre is special and one of the things that make it special is the large number of people who choose to live in the heart of the historic city. It is also important for the city that we continue to attract people to visit the historic city both because of the economic benefits they bring but also because of the rich cultural life which they make possible.
Both these groups of people complain that they too often have to suffer the consequences of drink fuelled noise and antisocial behaviour in the city at night especially at weekends. The management of the night time economy is therefore a key issue for anyone who cares about Bath.
All licensed premises should be made to adhere strictly to their licence conditions. However the limited number of licensing officers means they can only inspect premises relatively infrequently and often not during the hours where breaches are most likely.
We work closely with BANES Environmental protection unit to ensure that they are aware of residents' concerns and that residents understand how to report complaints and get help.
We also work closely with the Police and other enforcement issues both directly and mechanisms such as the Night Time Economy steering group
We have recular meetings with licencees both individually and through Puwatch