In accordance with the Licensing Act 2003 (the Act) the Licensing Authority have in place a Statement of Licensing Policy which sets out the principles the Council will generally apply to promote the licensing objectives when making decisions under the Act. State where it can be viewed  This policy is subject to review at least every 5 years. The most recent review was undertaken in 2019.

In January 2017, Merseyside Police requested the Licensing Authority undertake a Special Cumulative Impact Assessment of an area within Birkenhead.  The request was made due to the level of crime and disorder, public nuisance, littering, street drinking, under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour believed to be resulting in part from the number of off-licence premises located in the area.  The request was supported by Ward Councillors.

A comprehensive consultation process was undertaken regarding the possibility of introducing a Special Cumulative Impact Policy for Charing Cross, Grange Road West, Grange Mount, Oxton Road and the boundary of the Town Centre. 

The consultation period ran from 13 January 2017 to 3 March 2017 and sought views on a Special Cumulative Impact Policy in relation to premises licensed for the sale by retail of alcohol for consumption off the premises only.

Following the consultation the Licensing Authority was satisfied from the responses received, at that time, that the number of premises in Charing Cross, Grange Road West, Grange Mount, Oxton Road and the boundary of the Town Centre licensed under the Licensing Act 2003 for the sale by retail of alcohol for consumption off the premises only were cumulatively giving rise to significant problems of public nuisance and crime and disorder.

As a result, the Authority resolved to introduce a Special Cumulative Impact Policy limited to Charing Cross, Grange Road West, Grange Mount, Oxton Road and the boundary of the Town Centre with effect from 10 July 2017.

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It is a requirement of the Licensing Act 2003 that the Special Cumulative Impact Policy be reviewed at least every three years to identify if there remains evidence for the policy to remain in place. The Special Cumulative Impact Policy was last reviewed in 2019 when the Statement of Licensing Policy was also being reviewed.

The Council is therefore now reviewing the Special Cumulative Impact Policy and it is now subject to consultation.   Please see paragraphs 13 and 14 of the Policy.

The Council welcomes your views and the views of any interested parties, you are therefore encouraged to draw the attention of this document to others who may be interested in responding to the consultation. 

Full consultation on this document is being undertaken with:

  • The Responsible Authorities under the Licensing Act 2003
  • Bodies representing local holders of premises licences
  • Bodies representing local holders of club certificates
  • Bodies representing local holders of personal licences
  • Bodies representing businesses and residents
  • Claughton, and Birkenhead and Tranmere Ward Councillors
  • Other interested parties

If you have any comments to make please send them to the Licensing Authority by email: licensing@wirral.gov.uk or by post to the following address

Licensing Authority
PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

The Licensing Authority wishes to thank you for taking the time to consider this document.  Your views are important to the Council in reaching a fair and proportionate Licensing Policy that discharges the Licensing Objectives. 

Please ensure we receive your views no later than 16 September 2022.

If you have any further enquiries about the Cumulative Impact Policy please contact the Licensing Authority by email – licensing@wirral.gov.uk.