Crime concerns block pub smoking shelter

A proposal for a covered area to be used by customers of a Merseyside pub has been rejected after an inspector backed local authority concerns that it would be likely to encourage crime.

Merseyside Police warned that the area suffered from antisocial behaviour by youths and was a crime hot spot. The council claimed that the shelter would encourage young people to loiter in the immediate area, leading to an increase in crime and disorder. The appellant responded that the pub licensee would be able to observe customers using the shelter and manage it effectively.

The inspector noted that the shelter would lie opposite an area of sheltered housing and that direct views from the pub were limited. He considered that substantial weight should be given to the police's representations and the need to prevent serious impacts on the community, including potential harm to more vulnerable residents.

DCS Number 100-051-145

Inspector John Yellowley; Written representations.

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