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The levy will help
I HAVE every sympathy with Margaret Beard, whose visit to York was marred by night-time drunken antisocial behaviour (Letters, August 30). Unfortunately this is a problem in all towns and cities and is something that appears to be getting worse.
City of York Council is keen to make the night-time economy enjoyable for those whose idea of a good night out is not necessarily measured by volume of alcohol consumed. One measure being consulted on is the introduction of a late-night levy which would require licensees serving alcohol after midnight to pay a fee based on the size of their business.
This would go towards paying for the public cost associated with late-night drinking such as additional policing, street cleaning and noise patrols.
Although The Press opposes this proposal (Editorial, April 26) and suggests reviewing licences if bars cause a nuisance, in reality it is nigh on impossible to prove which bar creates problems in an area with many similar businesses close together.
So we all agree something needs to be done, the question is what? The late-night levy is all we have and goes some way towards passing back some of the cost to the premises, and ultimately their customers, that generate the cost in the first place.
Coun Barbara Boyce, Chair of gambling, licensing and regulatory committee, City of York Council, West Offices, York.
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