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COUNCILS JOIN FORCES TO PREPARE FOR NEW LICENSING ROLE

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More than 80 councillors and officers from five district councils in Northumberland have taken part in a joint trai...
More than 80 councillors and officers from five district councils in Northumberland have taken part in a joint training session to help prepare them for the new licensing role they are to take over from the courts.

Roger Butterfield, a leading UK specialist in licensing law, led Monday's session organised by Castle Morpeth BC and also included councillors and officers from Alnwick District, Berwick Borough, Tynedale and Blyth Valley.

The Licensing Act 2003 takes the licensing function away from the magistrates' courts and transfers it to local authorities, placing major new responsibilities on councillors and council officers.

Arnold Baker, Castle Morpeth's environment spokesperson, said: 'The seminar gave us a valuable insight into how to properly perform our new function. I'm very grateful to Roger Butterfield for giving us the benefit of his specialist knowledge.

'Castle Morpeth takes its new licensing role very seriously and we aim to provide a first rate service to the public and the licensed trade. We can only do this after proper training, which is expensive - so combining with other councils in the county is both cost effective and highly practical.'

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