Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

28/11/05 ORMSKIRK RESIDENTS ASSURED GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP FROM NOW

Ormskirk residents whose sleep is affected by the rowdy and nuisance behaviour of midweek and weekend drinkers will be helped enormously with the introduction of the new powers of the Licensing Act, says local Labour MP, Rosie Cooper.

For the past couple of months Rosie has been fighting on behalf of Ormskirk residents whose peaceful night’s rest is disrupted by alcohol-related nuisance.

Asking questions of James Purnell, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Culture, Media and Sport, Rosie wanted to know how the new act would benefit local residents. Rosie was assured that licensees who act irresponsibly put their licenses at risk and that there will be a crackdown on drunkenness. The new act gives West Lancashire District Council, the local police and even local residents the powers to call for the review of the license of any premises causing problems.

These new powers will help prevent under-age alcohol sales, people who have drunk too much and will stop drink’s promotions that encourage binge drinking.

Rosie Cooper MP said:

“It was not too long ago Ormskirk residents contacted me with complaints about the drunken behaviour of young people in the town centre and the disturbance they caused on their way home. For some residents it meant they were not able to sleep in their own beds some nights.”

“It was on their behalf I asked a question of the James Purnell and why I welcome the Government’s commitment to tackling alcohol-related nuisance.”

“The new powers will deter binge drinkers and fine those yobs who refuse to behave properly. It will be easier to deal with pubs and clubs in West Lancashire that cause problems, and will even close down persistent offenders.”

“These new powers will be good for local residents, making West Lancashire a safer place to live and socialise.”

These laws will crackdown not just on drunken yobs but also rogue licensees who promote irresponsible and rowdy behaviour. 

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