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Christa animated Helping to keep you safe on a night out, "I licence taxi firms, pubs and late night takeaways to make sure the public can be confident that they are properly run."

My job is a balance between protecting the public and enabling businesses in our towns and villages to flourish.  My team of five ensures that the businesses we all use every day or on a night out are being properly run.

Premises like pubs and bars are only licensed and allowed to trade once we have checked that they are likely to operate well and will not cause a noise or other nuisance to local residents.

We check taxi firms to make sure that drivers are safe, medically fit and suitable to hold a licence, and the council's garage team tests the safety of all vehicles, before we issue a licence.

We license everything from caravan parks to late night takeaways, betting shops to scrap metal dealers, arcades to zoos, and many others. We always aim to work with businesses to make sure they understand what they need to do to gain or retain a licence.

Revoking a licence and taking away someone's livelihood is not something we take lightly, but we have to balance that against protecting the public. If we do take enforcement action to remove a businesses' licence because they have been operating dangerously or illegally, I have to build a strong case and provide evidence that will stand up to appeal.

Enforcing licensing regulations that often come from very old laws can be challenging. Taxi licensing is still governed by the Town and Police Clauses Act which dates from 1847 and refers to horse-drawn carriages!

No two days in this job are the same. I love helping to resolve issues with a problem venue or business by working with the police, fire or immigration services or our environmental health and planning teams, to help the licensee understand how to avoid future problems.

Christa - our Licensing Manager 

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Updated: 23 Mar 2018
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