Funding available for initiatives to shape Cheltenham’s night time economy

Published on 30th October 2014

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Monies raised by the late night levy in Cheltenham have been set aside to enable the funding of night time economy initiatives.

From Monday 1 December 2014 community groups, organisations and businesses are being invited to bid for a share of up to £80k to reduce the demand on policing and management of the night time economy.

The Late Night Levy fund will assist projects that support the following outcomes: 

-              Promoting a greater diversity in the night time economy

-              Supporting better management of licensed premises and public spaces

-              Working together to support safe movement through the night time economy

-              Working together to reduce alcohol related health harms by preventing vulnerability, promoting safe  drinking limits and reducing pre-loading

-              Working together to promote a clean environment

The aim is to support a range of projects and activities across Cheltenham and funding will vary based upon the nature of each application. Grants can cover a range of costs such as practical work, equipment and materials as well as awareness raising, marketing and promotion and training.

Application forms will be available on request by contacting the Police and Crime Commissioner’s commissioning team from 1 December 2014 with the deadline for applications being 5pm Friday 30 January 2015.

Cheltenham was the second town in England to introduce a late night levy in April 2014. New legislation in 2012 permitted councils to adopt such a levy and to use the money it raises from it to contribute towards the costs of managing the late night economy.

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, said: “Cheltenham has a vibrant night-time economy that far exceeds other towns of similar sizes. An active night-time economy demands additional resource and cost for the council, police and other partners to deal with associated crime, disorder and other anti-social behaviour.

“Both the council and PCC have agreed that rather than using the levy funds to support existing services, the levy will be used to fund preventative activities that will reduce demand both on policing and management of the night time economy.

“We are looking for some really innovative approaches and proposals to deal with some of the issues associated with the management of the night time economy.”

Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, said: “Cheltenham’s night-life is one of the most active in the region and keeping its communities safe while people are out and about having a good time puts pressure on both police and council resources.

“I think that businesses benefitting from Cheltenham’s buoyant night-time economy should share in the cost of achieving our goal of safer days and nights for all and I’m pleased that the implementation of the late night levy is finally getting under way.”

There are no restrictions on who can apply for the late night levy fund. The maximum term for funding will not exceed one year however funded projects may reapply the following year if further funding is required. To find out more see the LNL Funding FAQs. From 1 December you can request an application form by emailing the Police and Crime Commissioner’s commissioning team.

 


 

For OPPC press enquiries contact call 01452 752434.

For council press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154 or email kelly.carter@www.cheltenham.gov.uk.

Notes:

The late night levy is payable by premises that are licensed to sell alcohol between midnight and 6am.

Under the legislation the Police receive at least 70% of net levy revenue with the remainder being retained by the licensing authority to fund alcohol-related crime and disorder and services connected to the management of the night-time economy.

Rather than managing two separate spending programmes, a single spending programme for Cheltenham has been agreed facilitated by a Late Night Levy Advisory Group that will include representative from both the OPCC and CBC, plus members from the licensed trade.