Posted: Sun 26th Jun 2016

Awareness Campaign – Licensing Is Everywhere

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This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 26th, 2016

Carmarthenshire County Council’s licensing officers are gearing up to raise awareness of their work as part of the UK’s first National Licensing Week (June 20-25). ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councils across the country will join together to promote the important role they play in everyday life – from supporting the licensed trade and organisers of temporary events to taxi drivers and charity fundraising collectors. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The theme for the week is ‘licensing is everywhere’ and aims to educate the public and businesses about how our lives are influenced or safeguarded through licensing. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Here in Carmarthenshire, a small team of officers deal with all licensing enquiries, process applications, enforce the law and deal with complaints from members of the public regarding licensed premises or activities. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Jim Jones, Executive Board Member for Public Protection, said: “Licensing plays a vital role in public protection. There are many ways licensing touches our everyday lives – you may go to a pub or event, and then on to see some horse racing before catching a taxi home, each of which would not be possible without the work of our licensing team. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“National Licensing Week is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the work that they do and raise awareness of the importance of licensing which regulates the activities or businesses, premises and event organisers to ensure they comply with the law and do not pose a threat to the public.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The licensing team will be generating awareness by taking part in social media campaigns, which can be followed using the Twitter hashtag #licensingweek2016 on @CarmsCouncil, as well as visiting premises, displaying posters and revealing what a day in the life of a licensing officer entails. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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