Councillors and police visit nightclubs

POLICE and councillors toured Louth bars and nightclubs late at night.

Licensing officials from Lincolnshire Police and East Lindsey District Council visited a number of high profile venues across the district to get a better understanding of how they are run.

Led by Chief Inspector Daryl Pearce, ELDC’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, Coun Sandra Harrison, Licensing Committee Chairman, Coun George Horton, and other Licensing Committee councillors, visited bars and clubs in Skegness, Ingoldmells and Louth late at night.

They also visited the CCTV Control Room at Skegness Police Station, which serves Alford, Horncastle, Louth, Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea, Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and Skegness.

Chief Inspector Pearce explained: “Our tour of Skegness, Ingoldmells and Louth was an ideal opportunity to show the Councillors making the licensing decisions how they work in practice. Councillors were able to experience some of the challenges we face along with the challenges that bar owners themselves face.”

Coun Harrison, said: “The night time economy is so important to East Lindsey and it’s something we must continue to grow in a controlled way. We want to ensure local people and visitors can have a great, but safe, night out in our towns and villages.

“The visit provided us all with the first hand experience we need to make more informed licensing decisions that benefit the business community and those visiting the various venues.

“Although the council won’t always make the most popular licensing decisions, we will continue to focus squarely on ensuring people are safe when enjoying a night out.”

East Lindsey District Council licences 903 premises for alcohol or regulated entertainment and considers around 200 licence changes each year.