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City's licensing policy is self-defeating; Letters

AS yet another club has its allnight licence revoked due to the problems this has caused in the local area (Telegraph, January 24), one wonders why Coventry Council continues to issue such licences in the face of evidence showing the detrimental effects this had had on the city.

Last week the council issued another 6am licence, this time to a club in Bishop Street, on the same site previously run by another allnight establishment which was closed down by the police.

Even leaving aside the legitimate concerns of local residents and the extra burden this will place on the police and the council's own environmental officers, can they not see that their current policy is self-defeating? Our city centre in particular is rapidly becoming a dystopia of betting shops and all-night drinking dens which, rather than encouraging businesses and shoppers to return, is actually driving them ever further away.

One sympathises with the council's need to maximise revenues at a time when so many businesses are closing, but wilful blindness to the problems caused by their permissive licensing policy smacks more of a race to the bottom rather than any long-term vision for the future development of our city.

Alex Anderson, Chauntry Place, Coventry city centre.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jan 31, 2013
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