New licensing policy aims to cut city crime
NEW licensing rules in Swansea city centre could help to clamp down on crime.
Swansea Council has put out a new policy for consultation which looks at the cumulative impact of the high and concentrated number of pubs and clubs in the area.
It will affect matters such as new applications and variations to conditions of a licence, although each application will be considered on its individual merits.
Castle ward member Sybil Crouch has welcomed the additional special policy proposals.
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She said: "We want Swansea city centre to be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, whether they are visiting it in the day or night.
"It's really important that our licensing policies are robust and match our aspirations to provide a safe environment.
"There are more than 200 licensed premises in the city centre and as a council we need to ensure we look very carefully at any licensing matters in this area. The idea is that we prevent drink-related crime increasing."
Swansea Council is asking for views on the new draft licensing policy, which focuses on how the council deals with licensing matters in specific parts of the city centre. Under the proposals, Wind Street, The Kingsway, High Street and surrounding streets could be included in a special policy.
Currently, there are more than 250 licensed premises in the Castle ward, which includes the city centre.
And between 2007 and 2012 there were an average of 2,400 crimes in the city centre every year.
The council is now asking for comments in respect of those additional changes before the new policy is adopted.
June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place, said: "Our licensing policy aims to achieve a number of important objectives when applications to licence premises are considered.
"The amendments to the existing policy will take into account information provided to us by local police in relation to crime and disorder and will give us more powers to prevent levels of crime increasing."