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Newark and Sherwood District Council pressed on late-night economy after Corn Exchange decision

A petition has been launched by a resident who said the district council has no strategy in creating a thriving late-night economy in Newark.

They said Newark and Sherwood District Council’s recent licensing committee decision regarding the Corn Exchange demonstrated this.

Exterior view of Newark Corn Exchange building. 110320DD2-3. (31338572)
Exterior view of Newark Corn Exchange building. 110320DD2-3. (31338572)

Corn Exchange Newark Ltd requested a 4.30am closing time for indoor and outdoor activities on a Friday and Saturday.

Instead, the licensing panel agreed indoor activities should cease at 3.30am, while all outdoor activities — including the consumption of alcohol — should cease at 11pm.

The petition has requested the council carries out a consultation across the district that will inform what residents and businesses want, and how to create safe late-night economy.

It said the council was not considering the needs of current and future generations.

It went on: “The council should bring a strategy that clearly lays out the ambitions for Newark, how the council will support businesses, and provide the guide rails for future license and planning decisions.”

Council leader David Lloyd said any licensing committee application was assessed on balance between supporting the night-time economy and protecting the neighbourhood.

Mr Lloyd said supporting the late-night economy was important but, if not properly managed, there would be a rise in anti-social behaviour and crime.

He said between October and December 2018 a major consultation informing what residents wanted was carried out, garnering 11,224 responses.

He added: “In June this year, the council carried out another consultation asking residents for their views on how Newark could benefit from the multi-million pound government Towns Fund investment.

“The Corn Exchange is an important building that we are craven to see protected and brought back into use.

“It would be irresponsible to grant such a late license in the knowledge there could not be effective policing and management of those leaving and finding their way home.”

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