Licensing Week a success

Licensing Week a success

As part of National Licensing Week, the Licensing & Community Safety teams organised a roadshow on Friday 23rd June.

The roadshow took place on the Council’s purple StreetSafe bus MAVIS (multi-agency vehicle in service) parked in the Italian Gardens. Officers from the Council’s Licensing team were joined by colleagues from, Community Safety, Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Civil Parking Enforcement and Community Response to raise awareness of the work they do to ensure North Somerset is a safe and vibrant place to live and visit.

Throughout the day officers spoke with residents and visitors who were particularly interested in the Council’s involvement with taxis, and its work in the night time economy including Weston’s Purple Flag award, Traffic Light Scheme and the MAVISbus.

Officers from the various teams also dealt with over 70 enquires answering questions and providing information and advice on a range of topics such as noisy licensed premises, waste collections and charity collections. They were also able to take 12 formal reports of issues with taxis, fly-tipping, and anti-social behaviour.

Civil Enforcement/Parking Services were also on-hand to talk to local residents and business owners about the Civil Parking Enforcement powers which the council took on from the police last year.

There were also a range of activities on the roadshow where members of the public could have a go at a taxi driver knowledge test and try writing some licensing conditions. There were a couple of stab vests for people to try on too!

Licensing officers also organised for a licensed taxi to attend the roadshow to advise members of the public on how to spot a rogue taxi which was very well received by the public and gained national kudos on Twitter.

The enforcement roadshow was a great success with lots of positive engagement and awareness raising for the local services, byelaws and regulations.

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