I see from the letters pages in the Peterborough Telegraph of November 13 that councillor Paula Thacker, chair of the licensing committee, has been subject of criticism of her own making.
Rightly deserved if you ask me for her uncaring attitude towards people who routinely suffer anti-social behaviour caused by drink.
She has completely ignored local people’s wishes and those of the community group MANERP.
This is not the first time Ms Thacker’s resignation has been called for on an alcohol licensing matter, and no doubt it will not be the last.
It is, in my view, another case of councillors wanting the money but not the responsibility. Protests from friends and family do not prevent anti-social behaviour. A clean record from applicants only covers what goes on at the premises, not near people’s homes. What happens inside the premises does not affect the residents. This is looking in the wrong places.
On another application, from a petrol station, alcohol will be sold to drivers because it is not illegal. Is it such a good idea to assist the carnage on the roads, and to the cost of the NHS, and heartbreak of bereaved families?
If the chair is incapable of making sensible decisions, what is the point in having a chairperson or committee? Frontline officers can apply the law and check an applicant’s records.