News Late Night Levy to be withdrawn in Cheltenham?

Council commences consultation to stop late night levy

Cheltenham Borough Council has today started the consultation process asking stakeholders to provide their comments on whether the Late Night Levy should cease to have effect.   

The LNL was introduced in 2014 and applied to premises licensed to supply alcohol between 00:01 and 06:00.

This year the Council adopted a Business Improvement District, which has resulted in many licences being subject to both levies.

The Council has discussed its proposals with Councillors and representatives of the BID and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and has suggested that the BID should supersede the Late Night Levy  based upon:

• ‘the fact that BID income will be substantially more than the income raised through the LNL;
• the need to ensure that businesses are not unduly burdened by two levies; and
• the understanding that LNL activities will be incorporated in BID activities’.

The Council has asked that comments be submitted either by email or post and details of the Consultation can be found here.

The Council has confirmed that following the consultation if it proceeds with its proposals, the Late Night Levy would cease to have effect from the 31st March 2017.