Make Chesterfield Town Centre safer, remove extended hours licences in pubs and clubs.
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In July 2016, loving father and ex-soldier Chris Henchliffe passed away, after being attacked outside the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield Town Centre, sustaining severe brain injuries. The incident occurred opposite the popular "Moo Bar", just feet away from some of the busiest pubs and bars in the Town Centre, in the early hours of the morning. Chris's family are heartbroken after such a massive loss, and want to make a positive step towards preventing this tragedy from happening to others.
A number of bars in Chesterfield have extended hours licences, meaning people can continue to drink sometimes up until 6am. We believe that a licence limit of around 1.30am-2am would allow police, door staff and CCTV operators to monitor popular areas and prevent further tragedies. People are loading up on alcohol prior to a night out and aren't entering the town centre until sometimes 10pm onwards to continue with "happy hour" where cheap shots and drink offers are used as an incentive to go into a venue.
In 2012, The council adopted a special licensing policy in relation to part of the town centre, including Holywell Street, meaning that a licence will be refused unless applicants can demonstrate that it will not add to crime and anti-social behaviour. Between August 2015 and July 2016, there were 256 incidents of violent crime in the Town Centre and over 820 incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour. Since the attack on Chris Henchliffe, there have been a further 17 incidents associated with Moo Bar, including an incident where a victim sustained a broken jaw. Moo bar has since had their licence suspended.
We believe that extended hours licences directly contribute to increased crime and anti-social behaviour, by encouraging people to drink more and stay out for a longer period of time.
Please sign this petition, which we hope will bring licensing issues to the forefront and lead to a review in the way in which the bars operate, making them take more responsibility for incidents happening outside their premises.
We need to create a safer Town Centre, which our children can be safe in, not one in which alcohol fuelled violence is commonplace.
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