CABINET CALL: This week by Coun Malcolm Chandler
In this column I’m going to focus on the vital work our licensing teams are doing to crackdown on illegal alcohol in the district.
it is worth pointing out that the number of shops trading illegally is a very small percentage of the total number in the district
Officers have recently dealt with shops caught selling non duty paid spirits.
This is illegal and in two recent cases, the shops in question had their licences revoked.
We want to make it clear that it is unacceptable for smuggled or illegal goods to be openly sold.
Such stock is easy to spot as it will usually be cheaper than legitimate goods.
All bottles and half bottle size spirits with an alcoholic content over 30% must have a round duty stamp on the bottle.
If you spot such stock on sale remember that for every bottle sold the government is being defrauded of £7.26 which we the general public are losing.
This money should be supporting vital national services such as the NHS and it also hits legitimate traders who are providing a service to the community.
SHDC licensing officers regularly visit licensed premises to offer help and support to licence holders and it is worth pointing out that the number of shops trading illegally is a very small percentage of the total number in the district.
As part of our on-going drive to clamp down on illegal trade, we will be teaming up with other authorities to carry out a special campaign between now and Christmas.
This will see our officers visiting licensed premises across South Holland.
So for any traders out there breaking the law, we want to make it clear that we will find you and deal with you within the powers available to us.
We will continue to work with the Police, Trading Standards and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to deliver a high level of public protection.
In coming weeks we will also be increasing the number of Food Hygiene Rating stickers on display in restaurants and food businesses.
The rankings outline hygiene standards and our officers will be visiting businesses across the district to boost this valuable initiative.
I believe that the joint efforts of both teams will have significant benefit to the safety and enjoyment of all residents.