Local Government

A consultation into alcohol licence fees found that restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars were against them being set at a local level

Alcohol licence fees to continue to be set nationally

By Emma Eversham

Alcohol licence fees will continue to be set at a national level until the Home Office can source more evidence that allowing local authorities to do so wouldn't put 'an undue burden' on pubs, restaurants and hotels. 

CAMRA's report highlights that councils can show how pubs are valued in communities by adopting pub protection policies

CAMRA calls for councils to protect pubs

By Lauren Houghton

A new report released by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) highlights how local councils can work to save British pubs by recognising their place in the community and blocking conversions from developers. 

The Carpenters Arms in Cambridge closed in the summer last year and is one of a number of recent pub closures that has led the council to consider a consultation on planning laws to protect local pubs

Pub protection planning laws: Cambridge set to launch consultation

By Peter Ruddick

Cambridge City Council is set to become the latest local authority to consult on introducing planning laws to protect local pubs and save them from becoming victim to changes of use after a report on pub closures in the city is discussed by councillors...

Bill's Produce drops plans for Horsham after legal challenge causes delays

Bill’s Produce abandons Horsham plans

By Martyn Leek

Bill’s Produce, the grocery and café concept run by the entrepreneurs behind Cote, has reportedly abandoned plans to open a site in Horsham, West Sussex

Brasserie Blanc is the first restaurant company to sign up to the scheme

Brasserie Blanc pioneers new government business scheme

By Emma Eversham

Raymond Blanc’s group of brasseries is the first restaurant company to sign up to a new government initiative that enables operators with multiple sites to deal with one local authority for advice and help

Government Backs Public Access to Restaurant Loos

Government Backs Public Access to Restaurant Loos

By Alan Lodge

The Government has given its backing to a scheme whereby restaurants would be paid by their local council to allow the public to use their toilets. The scheme is already in operation in the London Borough of Richmond.