Jan 24 2013 by Rob Pattinson, Ormskirk Advertiser
CALLS for new laws to be introduced that would enforce earlier closing times on pubs and bars in Ormskirk are set to be considered by the licensing committee.
Cllr Adrian Owens made a formal request to the council’s chief licensing officer to consider establishing an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO) in the town in November.
EMROs are a new form of government legislation that allow councils to ban the sale of alcohol on licensed premises between midnight and 6am in certain areas.
The request was made after Cllr Owens said he had been contacted around 90 times between September and November by residents suffering late night noise and nuisance. His initial suggestion was for an EMRO that closed premises at midnight on weeknights but allowed weekend hours to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
A report will now go before the licensing committee on February 5 to consider or dismiss the request. Should it be granted the council would gather evidence including views of partner agencies and other options, which would then go back before the committee. The council would have to prove the problem warrants the use of an EMRO, and that all other options have been tried and failed.