The recent revision of licensing laws has become a blight on the lives of those who live and work near those public houses in towns and villages who make use of extended licensing
hours and temporary event notices to organise events which are disruptive to the neighbourhood and about which residents have little freedom to object. For example special loud and live music events can be held in residential areas several times a year and impinge on the freedom of those living nearby to enjoy their property as they would like. There is seemingly no local notification of events required (so residents can make alternative plans for example), maximum attendees or decibel levels, and no avenue for advance objection through local Licensing Committees. Police can only intervene or object in the event of criminal activity or traffic issues, yet it is the disruption of the event itself, at any time of day, and drunken people walking loudly home, dropping litter and so on, late at night along residential streets that seriously impinge on residents' civil liberties. This seems wrong.

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Whilst the licensing law changes have generally improved drinkers' freedoms and reduce licensee bureaucracy, they have gone too far in favour of licencees and should be revised to require them to work with neighbours to achieve a fair balance between the licencee's right to operate their business and the need to minimise the disturbance to residents caused by their business operations.

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