North Somerset Council organised a roadshow and enforcement operation in Weston-super-Mare for National Licensing Week 2017

“As part of National Licensing Week, North Somerset Council organised a roadshow and enforcement operation in Weston-super-Mare on Friday 23 June.

The roadshow took place on the council’s purple StreetSafe bus MAVIS (multi-agency vehicle in service) parked in Princess Royal Square. Officers from the council's Licensing team were joined by colleagues from Environmental Protection, Community Safety, Trading Standards, Food Safety, Civil Parking Enforcement and Community Response to raise awareness of the work they do to ensure North Somerset is a safe and vibrant place to live and visit.

Throughout the day officers spoke with residents and visitors who were particularly interested in the council's involvement with taxis and its work in the night time economy including Weston’s Purple Flag award, Traffic Light Scheme and the MAVIS bus.

Officers from the various teams were able to answer questions and provide information and advice on a range of topics such as Food Safety and Trading Standards. They were also able to take six reports of issues with taxis, dog fouling and anti-social behaviour. Environmental Protection were present to talk about the new Public Space Protection Orders which are due to come into effect across North Somerset in October.

Civil Enforcement/Parking Services were also on-hand to talk to local residents and business owners about the Civil Parking Enforcement powers which the council took on from the police in April. The Civil Enforcement Manager chaired an impromptu meeting from the MAVIS bus to talk to local business owners about their concerns around the loading bays and parking which served to diffuse some recent tensions and give locals a much-needed point of contact.

An enforcement operation took place simultaneously alongside the roadshow which saw officers conducting high visibility patrols using their Community Safety Accreditation Scheme powers. While out on patrol, Community Response officers assisted colleagues in the ambulance service by helping to get a vulnerable male to hospital following a medical emergency. 

Licensing officers stopped 11 taxi drivers who were caught breaching Traffic Regulation Orders in the town. They were able to re-educate the drivers on the local orders and the importance of abiding by them.

The enforcement roadshow and operation was a great success with lots of positive engagement and awareness raising for the local services, byelaws and regulations.