Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Deregulation Ninth Report

Letter from John Coleman, Reading

I write concerning the proposed changes to Sunday laws, especially the liberalising of liquor licensing laws which relate to music and dancing and noise disturbance caused by late night/early morning revellers.

I enclose copies of correspondence which are self-explanatory. [not printed]

It appears that the new proposals are being guided by big businesses who have much to gain at the expense of ordinary people. Extending the special laws opening certificates on Sundays from 10.30pm to 12.30am (Monday morning) will cause more harm and disturbance to local residents in built-up areas such as this. People leaving clubs and pubs after 10.30pm are often still lingering around the area at midnight. If the special laws are extended, they will undoubtedly still be lingering at 2am on Monday morning. Has this escaped the notice of your Committees, or are they turning a blind eye and deaf ear to what actually happens? Perhaps they are unaware of the reality of the local situation throughout the country. May I suggest that they visit any town centre late on weekend evenings (particularly in the early hours of the morning) to listen to the noise created by pubs and clubs open until 2.30/3am or later, and the noise created by their customers and the litter left behind in the streets.

I am particularly concerned for the further erosion of the traditional Sunday. I am one whose freedom to choose a quiet day - I live on a main road - has been taken away. The last Government was to blame for this; the present Government appears to be intent on continuing the same process.

I urge the Government to call a halt to the liberalising of the Sunday laws. Enough is enough. Big businesses and others with a commercial interest in the changes have had their way for too long. It is time for the silent majority to be heard.

Thank you for reading this letter. I look forward to your early reply.

8 September 1999

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