Feedback is wanted on a possible restrictions on the number of premises selling alcohol and late night takeaways on Lammas Street in Carmarthen.
Responses to a survey now launched by Carmarthenshire Council will help assess the overall impact on the street through what is called a cumulative impact policy.
By guarding against the issuing of new or varied licences to sell alcohol and for late night takeaways within a designated area, cumulative impact policies are aimed at tackling crime and disorder, improving people’s safety and stopping places from becoming public nuisances.
The council survey, which runs until June 1, is asking people whether they think there’s an anti-social behaviour problem on Lammas Street related to alcohol and takeaway premises. If people support the potential introduction of a cumulative impact policy there, they’re also being asked if it should apply to the whole street or just certain parts of it, and what type of premises it should cover.
Cllr Philip Hughes, Carmarthenshire Council’s Executive Board Member for Public Protection, said: “We value the contribution that our takeaways, pubs, clubs, shops and other businesses selling alcohol make to the town’s vibrant night-time economy, but it’s time to explore whether the number of premises of this kind on Lammas Street has reached a saturation point.
“If a cumulative impact policy was introduced at the street in future, then it doesn’t mean licences will be taken away from premises that already sell alcohol there. All it means is that there will be a presumption against the issuing of new or varied licences on Lammas Street to stop the over concentration of premises of this type, which can lead to crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour and public nuisance.
“But no decisions have yet been made. All feedback we receive in response to our survey will help inform a revised licensing policy for Carmarthenshire that will go to Full Council for approval in December, so we’d urge as many people as possible to have their say.”
The survey has already been shared with licence holders and representatives of local residents and businesses. It will also be promoted at meetings being held with trade representatives and representatives of statutory authorities including Dyfed Powys Police.
Head to Carmarthenshire Council’s website to have your say online. Hard copies of the survey are also available by contacting Emyr Jones from the council’s licensing team on EORJones@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or 01267 228717.