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.
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