Chance for more bars and pubs to open

Western Daily Press - - News -

A LE­GAL hur­dle re­strict­ing the num­ber of new pubs, bars and clubs which can open up in Bris­tol dis­ap­pears next month, spark­ing fears res­i­dents’ lives will be made a “mis­ery”.

The city cur­rently has five “cu­mu­la­tive im­pact ar­eas” (CIAs) which are con­sid­ered to be heav­ily sat­u­rated with li­censed premises: the city cen­tre, Clifton, Glouces­ter Road, White­ladies Road, and Bed­min­ster and Southville.

Bris­tol City Coun­cil’s CIA pol­icy makes it very tough for any new es­tab­lish­ment to gain a premises li­cence or club premises cer­tifi­cate in any of th­ese ar­eas.

But the pol­icy lapses at the end of this month and, fol­low­ing a change in the law gov­ern­ing CIAs and the ev­i­dence re­quired to jus­tify them, the coun­cil has been forced to drop four of them.

Of­fi­cials de­ter­mined there was no longer enough ev­i­dence to sup­port CIAs in Clifton, Glouces­ter Road, White­ladies Road, and Bed­min­ster and Southville, coun­cil pa­pers show.

There was enough ev­i­dence to sup­port keep­ing a CIA in the city cen­tre, but police rec­om­mended the bor­ders be re­drawn to ex­clude Broad­mead be­cause of a lack of ev­i­dence in that par­tic­u­lar area.

So the coun­cil has re­solved to con­sult on its re­vised CIA for the city cen­tre be­fore in­tro­duc­ing a new pol­icy to gov­ern licensing in the area for the next five years.

This will take sev­eral months or more so no CIAs will be in place in Bris­tol from Au­gust 1.

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