HEALTH & SAFETY / LICENSING
Live event industry

As the merits of the Licensing Act 2003 become more apparent, members of a town band are furious after being told they couldn’t play Jingle Bells in their Christmas shows unless they paid for a licence – because the song has no religious content. Callington Town Band in Cornwall, a registered charity, is having to fork out £21 for each of seven temporary licences to cover their Christmas programme after Caradon District Council’s licensing department told the band it would fall foul of the Act which came in to force this April, if it played anything other than religion based carols during its seven Christmas concerts. The council said a temporary entertainment notice (TEN) was needed every time entertainment was provided in venues without public licences. That means festive favourites like Jingle Bells, White Christmas and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer need a licence whereas Christmas carols which are considered religious music do not.

In London, Lambeth Council has revoked the premises licence of a Brixton nightclub where police discovered two loaded handguns and drugs during a raid earlier this month. The council’s licensing sub-committee took the decision to revoke the licence for the J-Bar in Stockwell Road, Brixton, at a meeting this week. The meeting was called after police raided the bar on Sunday October 8, discovering drugs and two loaded handguns. Using new powers granted under the Licensing Act 2003, within days the police had made an application to the local magistrates’ court that the club to be closed in the interests of public safety and to prevent crime and disorder.

For Caradon District Council’s very fair comments see http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=4384

Comment on the UK Government’s ‘false promises’ to de-regulate

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1072-2444112,00.html

Punch Taverns see little upside from the Licensing Act

http://www.thepublican.com/story.asp?sectioncode=7&storycode=53392&c=1