Shorter notice for temporary events

Drinks retailers may soon be able to hold outside events without having to give 10 days’ notice.

Licensing minister Gerry Sutcliffe is hopeful of allowing a more flexible approach to the Licensing Act, which places strict controls on the way Temporary Event Notices are issued.

Sutcliffe said: “We are currently developing a proposal, in discussion with a group of stakeholders, that would give the police discretion to validate a TEN for an event that they consider to be low-risk when that TEN was otherwise invalid because it was issued without the minimum notice.

“We hope to commence a three-month consultation on this proposal, along with other simplification proposals, before the end of the year.”

The minister was responding to a question from Conservative MP Oliver Heald, who joined calls for a more flexibility in the system.