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Questions set by Ross Thompson, administrator at Northampton BC


Questions answered by Liz Reed, democratic services manager, Blaby DC

How has the council coped with implementing the new licensing regulations?

Councillors have grasped this issue and moved it forward to ensure we were ready to deal with the transitional period.

What kind of impact have the new regulations had on applicants?

It is too early to say. The most common complaint is that the act is not straightforward and can prove confusing and time consuming. This is particularly the case for the small shops and community venues.

Do you think more funding should be allocated and more guidance given from central government?

The government says the new function will be self-financing but councils are not yet in a position to confirm this is the case.

Where, and when, are you the happiest?

When I am lazing on a hot sunny beach with my family.

What celebrity would you most like to meet and why?

Robbie Williams - I think he is a great entertainer.

Describe your most rewarding day at work.

Friday 6 May 2005. All the election results had been declared and everything went well. We succeeded in declaring our result three hours earlier than in 2001. The team had all worked really hard and it was very satisfying.

Are you happy with your work/life balance?

It is difficult at times, particularly when running elections. At other times, it's a case of balancing family life with voluntary work so I am always kept busy.

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