Booze shops: a new tactic?

Having read the recent stories about the lack of powers to stop the Bargain Booze shop opening in The Strand, I think the answer is a Culmulative Impact Zone.

Having read the recent stories about the lack of powers to stop the Bargain Booze shop opening in The Strand, I think the answer is a Culmulative Impact Zone.

At Richmond Council in London, where I work, we use them in our town centres to control new bars and licensed premises.

When a CIZ is put in place in any geographic location by a council, any business seeking to sell alcohol in the area has to prove to the council that its presence would not lead to further anti-social behaviour or drunkenness.

This shifts the burden of proof from those trying to stop somewhere opening, to those who are trying to start the business.

This has been important in retaining Richmond's image as a welcoming and safe environment to enjoy an evening out.

Something clearly needs to be done to take back control of Exmouth town centre. Within the space of a year, Tesco express and Londis have both opened, selling alcohol. A dedicated 'plonk and lager' store in such a prominent location can hardly do the town's reputation any good.

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Pete Le Riche

Former Exmouth resident,

Du Cane Court, Balham, London

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