Feb 13 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
BARS and clubs are celebrating after West Lancashire Borough Council decided not to proceed with an order that would restrict their opening hours.
The Early Morning restriction order would have meant that bars would have had to stop selling alcohol at 12:30am, Monday to Thursday.
The restriction would have run from January to June and September to December.
The area that the EMRO would have covered was defined as one mile from the clock tower in the town centre – meaning almost all bars and clubs were affected.
A spokesman from the council said: “Several legal concerns have been highlighted as the relevant legislation is new and untested.
“A particular concern is that the Early Morning Restriction Order adoption process appears unclear and ambiguous, and there are potential contradictions between the Licensing Act 2003 and the statutory guidance, which could undermine the adoption process.
“The Council remains committed to addressing concerns of night time disturbance and anti-social behaviour. More detailed information will be presented to the next meeting of the Licensing and Gambling Committee outlining further options.”
Pedro Andrade from Liquid Bar said :"It’s great news and I think it will help build the local trade.
“The EMRO would have meant people going to Southport for the later closing times and returning to Ormskirk at 3/4 am, which is even later than before, and would have caused even more disturbance."
Cllr Adrian Owens was a supporter of the proposal from the outset, he said: “While this is disappointing, I was always clear that an EMRO was no “silver bullet” and that tackling this issue would require a multi-faceted response.”
Edge Hill Student Union deeclined to comment.