EMROs/Late Night Levy / Regulation / 13 June 2016

Cheltenham looks to abandon Late Night Levy

Cheltenham Borough Council will consult on the continuation of its Late Night Levy scheme (LNL), after businesses voted in favour of designating Cheltenham a Business Improvement District (BID).

Due to take effect from August or September this year, the BID scheme vote will ensure a full report will go before the Council that will outline whether the LNL should still be payable.

If the decision to end the Levy is taken, it will cease to be effective from March 2017.

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the BBPA, comments:

“It is very encouraging to see Cheltenham looking to abandon its Late Night Levy, and move towards a much more productive policy in the form of a Business Improvement District.

“Local pubs are unfairly burdened by the Levy, and the Council does not need the damage it does to the local economy, when partnership schemes, such as BIDs, are so much more effective.

“I hope other councils take note of this sensible rethink from Cheltenham.”

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