01:00AM, Friday 22 August 2014
A national campaign to reform licensing laws to allow businesses more flexibility and improve the night-time economy has been backed by Royal Borough councillors.
At a cabinet meeting last night, Cllr David Hilton (Con, Ascot and Cheapside) said: “Currently the licensing laws block the interests of club owners, club goers and local residents.
“We want new clear criteria to be transparent and uncomplicated.”
Part of the new licensing objective also pledges to protect public health by reducing crime and noise disturbances.
Also discussed by councillors at the Windsor Guildhall was an extension of a ‘vanguard’ initiative for 11 libraries around the borough to open on Sundays.
Due to the success of the six month pilot scheme, councillors agreed to extend the Sunday openings to March 2015.
Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside) said: “The success of this scheme is fantastic news and it wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers.”
Also discussed by the panel:
More than 50 street parties are set to take place this weekend across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.