BARS, restaurants and cafes in Uttoxeter which serve alcohol could have the opportunity to join a scheme designed to cut alcohol-related crime.
East Staffordshire Borough Council is considering launching the good practice award scheme Best Bar None, which has already been rolled out in other parts of the UK.
It is hoped the scheme would build a positive relationship between police, local authorities and the licensed trade.
The voluntary scheme will also include best performing premises being put forward for awards.
A report compiled by the council’s regulatory services said the scheme would ensure licensed premises are managed responsibly.
“Best Bar None has been heralded by some local authorities as the bedrock that helps many stakeholders reduce crime, alcohol related harm and improve the perception of town centres after dark,” it said.
“The process of becoming recognised by Best Bar None includes meeting minimum standards, judged by a consortium of key stakeholders and culminates with a high-profile award ceremony with category winners and an overall winner.”
It said specific benefits of the scheme could include:
• Reducing alcohol-related crime and disorder in and around bars and clubs;
• Enabling the night-time economy to become a more pleasant, enjoyable experience for families, workers, visitors and tourists;
• Allowing systematic responsible management of licensed premises which would provide public protection;
• Increased footfall and money spent in the night-time economy;
• A distribution channel for the NHS to deliver physical, sexual and mental health-related messages.
The reported added Manchester, which has already implemented Best Bar None, had 52 less cases of violent crime in its 83 premises involved in the scheme in 2010.
The borough council will now wait for a feasibility report on the plan which will be presented on September 24.
It comes after council chiefs delivered a scathing assessment of East Staffordshire’s drinking culture, insisting it is having a damaging effect on too many people’s lives.
Town hall bosses are planning to get tough on alcohol misuse in an attempt to stop the problem from spiralling out of control.
They are in the final stages of forming a licensing partnership with other authorities across Staffordshire over what is becoming an increasing concern.
The new plan has been drawn up in response to figures which revealed nearly a third of people in Staffordshire engage in ‘chronic binge drinking’, while nearly 20 per cent are deemed to be at an ‘increasing risk due to drinking alcohol’.
The council said the formation of the licensing partnership, to be known as the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Responsible Bodies Group, would allow authorities from across the county to ‘use their powers’ to tackle the wide-ranging problems caused by alcohol misuse.