Save live music venues in Edenbridge, Repeal the Licensing Act 2003

Save live music venues in Edenbridge, Repeal the Licensing Act 2003

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Rebecca Tibbert started this petition to Dartford borough council and

Repeal the Licensing Act 2003. Or, as a bare minimum, remove "the provision of regulated entertainment" from the licensable activities definition.

The Act defines "licensable activities" as:

the retail sale of alcohol,
the supply of alcohol in clubs,
the provision of late night refreshment, and
the provision of regulated entertainment
In turn, "regulated entertainment" is defined as:

a performance of a play,
an exhibition of a film,
an indoor sporting event,
a boxing or wrestling entertainment (both indoors and outdoors),
a performance of live music,
any playing of recorded music, or
a performance of dance
The highlighted definition above has seen small bands and local pubs lose out to beauracracy, red tape and high fees.

I propose that you repeal the definition of  "The provision of regulated entertainment" from licensable activities.

Why Does This Matter?
The licensing act 2003 was responsible not only for stifling the success of small bands, but also for pushing the faces of already struggling pubs firmly into the dirt. 

Live music was a saving grace for pubs, bringing in customers during a time when breweries charge extortionate prices, supermarkets offer four cans of beer for the price of a pint and the smoking ban had taken away some of the regulars. The licensing act made live music unaffordable by forcing the publican to cough up punshing fees in order to have one artist play each week.

Music, pre Labour, was something you were able to play without a license. Now, following this law, live music is only a stone's throw away from being a criminal offence.

You cannot, for example, break out an acoustic guitar or play on the pub piano, you fall foul of this law.

Music, live music especially, is such an essential part of the British identity. We cannot afford to allow live music to continue to be criminalised.

I urge you, even if you do not repeal the whole act, repeal the music section.

I have felt the need to ask the whole of the UK for their support. I have seen Local Government "having" to implement the Law with regards to Environmental Health and nuisance noise.

Our local Swan Pub in Edenbridge has been served an abatement notice and have stopped local bands from playing there due to this. 

I do not believe that the local community would allow a pub to stop encouraging talent and close a business due to some noise.

The Swan Pub has been in Edenbridge since 3rd Apr 1881. It is a family venue, with sports on the TV, a pool table and a huge garden for the kids to enjoy.

There are hundreds of venues disappearing due to these abatement orders as this is how these establishments earn their money. As we the locals like to go to see live music and spend our money on a local business.

This needs to go nationwide for every pub, venue and live band that needs these establishments support to keep music alive for every generation.

We can make a change.

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