Lancashire Police have said they are "disappointed" with Blackpool Council Licensing committee's decision not to introduce a restriction on sales of alcohol in the town.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said:
We are extremely disappointed at the decision not to grant the Early Morning Restriction Order.
A weight of evidence was presented in support of the council’s application that amply demonstrated the real impact of late night excessive drinking has on the quality of life, crime and disorder for Blackpool’s, residents and visitors.
Personal and extensive testimonies were presented to the committee by police, ambulance staff, hoteliers, railway, shop and post office workers which all gave first hand insights into the real problems they see and face.
The evidence we presented in support of the council’s application clearly demonstrated a reasonable measure, ceasing the serving of alcohol at 3am.
This would impact upon a few but would benefit the rest of Blackpool. The issue of risk and harm through excessive alcohol consumption remains a high priority for the police and all partners.Lancashire Constabulary is committed to work with the all parties to ensure that Blackpool is a place where residents and visitors can safely enjoy.
The leader of Blackpool Council says the decision not to introduce a restriction on the late night sale of alcohol in the town is "disappointing".
Cllr Simon Blackburn said:
“Needless to say, this decision is disappointing. The Council will now need to focus its efforts on examining other ways in which the huge problems caused by late night drinking can be tackled.
“Of all the many objections to the EMRO, nobody suggested that late night drinking in Blackpool was not a problem - so that is a good starting point.
“Our efforts to improve the town's economy, the public health and the visitor experience are all reliant upon a solution to this problem being found. We would like that solution to one that is acceptable to the licensed trade, the Police, the Council and the NHS.
“It will be vital that the recommendations of the committee are taken seriously and produce tangible early results. It is not acceptable to continue to let the problems of late night drinking and violence to harm our economy and disrupt the lives of our residents.”