How to give your opinion on St Helens’ ‘Night Economy’

Locals are being asked to give their opinion on the latest review of licensed city center premises, designed to ensure the area remains vibrant and safe.

The Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) attempts to measure the mix of licensed and unlicensed businesses in the city center to create a balanced economy.

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Although many go out safely and sanely, the night economy can be associated with problems, primarily those related to alcohol-related violence and crime, and antisocial behavior.

It is the first review of the city center premises since the pandemic and residents can offer their input on the current mix of businesses in the city center and any issues they wish to highlight.

The CIA review helps the council and its partners, including the police and public health services, to review and, where appropriate, limit the number of licensed downtown premises.

The aim is to ensure that the mix of businesses in the area encourages a safe, thriving environment for shoppers, employees and night time visitors.

In a statement, Cllr Kate Groucutt, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Business and Skills, said: “Our priority in the cumulative impact assessment is to ensure that St Helens city center is a vibrant yet safe place for people to live , both during the day and evening.

“Reviewing the mix of businesses in this way should help our hospitality sector to continue to develop and thrive and encourage the provision of a diverse offering to both residents and visitors to the city.

“I encourage residents and business owners to share their views with us as it gives us the best opportunity to ensure the city center environment reflects the needs and desires of our local community.”

The consultation is now live and will run until February 24, 2023.

To learn more about the CIA and submit your views, please visit How to give your opinion on St Helens’ ‘Night Economy’

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