Special Cumulative Impact Policy

Wirral Council is currently consulting upon whether to amend its Statement of Licensing Policy to include a Cumulative Impact Policy for the Charing Cross area of Birkenhead.

Why is the consultation taking place?

This consultation follows concerns raised by Merseyside Police relating to the level of alcohol-related crime and disorder within Birkenhead town centre, particularly linked to street drinking.  The area of concern includes Charing Cross, Grange Road West, Grange Mount, Oxton Road and the boundary of the town centre.

Merseyside Police considers that the cumulative impact of premises selling alcohol for consumption off the premises is having a negative impact on the promotion of the following licensing objectives within the specified area of Birkenhead:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • the protection of children from harm

What would be the effect of a Cumulative Impact Policy?

In  this area there would be a presumption that any further applications to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises, that are likely to add to the existing cumulative impact, will normally be refused following relevant representations unless the applicant can demonstrate that this will not be the case.

Tell us your views

You are invited to provide your views along with any evidence regarding whether or not the Licensing Authority should include a Special Cumulative Impact Policy relating to the specified area of Birkenhead within its Statement of Licensing Policy.

If you have any comments to make please send them to the Licensing Authority by email: [email protected]  no later than Friday, 3 March 2017.

If you have any further enquiries about the Statement of Licensing Policy please contact Richard Leyland on 0151 691 8043.