Good cheer for Morley pubs as late levy idea axed

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It’s good news for the pubs of Morley as Leeds City Council has decided not to impose a late night levy.

The levy would have meant that licensed premises in the area would have had to pay extra towards the cost of late-night policing.

Morley South councillor Neil Dawson welcomed the news after he had campaigned against the additional fee.

He said: “At the scrutiny board meeting in November, I argued that a number of premises in Morley who have late night licences to serve alcohol would be impacted by this levy and they incur no extra policing cost, therefore it would be unfair for licenced premises in Morley to pay an extra cost to police unruly behaviour in the centre of Leeds.”

The late night levy is a power conferred on council licensing authorities by provision in Chapter 2 of Part 2 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

This enables councils to charge a levy to persons who are licensed to sell alcohol late at night in the authority’s area as a means of raising a financial contribution towards the costs of policing the late-night economy.

Coun Dawson said: “I cannot see why well-run pubs and clubs in Morley should subsidise the additional policing cost of licenced premises in Leeds city centre.”

Members sitting on the executive board of the council has now agreed with Coun Dawson’s view and the levy idea has been dropped.

He added: “I welcome the decision to abandon the proposed late night levy.

“It would have been unfair to have this levy on licenced premises in Morley as they would be subsidising the policing of pubs and clubs in Leeds.”