Comment by: Elissa Gravells
Focus area: Pubs
Regulator concerned: My comments are general and do not relate to a particular regulator or regulatory function
All in all the harrassment and bullying from the police and council has caused my partner and I a great deal of distress. We have had to go to the doctors as a result of the stress it has caused. In a normal workplace you dont get threatened with loosing your job all the time from some ubiquitous power that pounces on you in relation offten to circumstances you can do nothing about.
The main most fundamental change the government can do in relation to public houses is move the responsibility of the shoulders of the licensee/ DPS. It should be the individuals responsibility if they get too drunk by pre loading at home or at another premises, therefore if they need an ambulance make them pay for it, so the licensee isnt affraid of using the services, the individual makes sure they dont get into a state for fear of paying and the services know they are going to get their expenses paid.
Givign another example lets say some youngster has a fight with someone and the police get called. Make them pay for the police time, the damage they’ve caused etc….
And with the example of the underaged person, get them into trouble for it, inform their parents so they know the kids are trying to gain entry. Inform the schools. If the law wasnt so anti pub and realised that actually us licensees dont want antisocial and irresponisble behaviour either, and the law stopped blaming us for it, we could work together and stop these sorts of things from happening.
But please avoid the paper work and keep it simple!