Headlines: April 12th, 2005

Councillors in Leicester will this week complete hearing evidence in an inquiry into the city’s night time economy. A final public meeting tomorrow will hear views on a range of topics and the city has also examined how other local authorities are dealing with the issue.The work is being carried out at the request of the City Council’s Strategic Planning and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee, which believes that a diverse nightlife would benefit the economic and environmental wellbeing of the city and its people. Members believe there is a commonly held view that Leicester’s night time economy is dominated by bars and restaurants and that it lacks non-alcohol based activities, such as cinemas and theatres.

The final public session will focus on issues raised at two earlier public meetings, including the desire to see more diversity in activities and attractions, calls for improved management through clear leadership, vision and accountability, greater attention to the social environment, tougher action against anti-social activities and the development of a public relations campaign to promote the city centre.

As well as hearing the views voiced at the public sessions, the committee has gathered written evidence from the police, licensees and city residents as well as studying approaches adopted in other cities.

Committee members will produce a detailed report by early summer and this will be considered by the authority’s cabinet in July.