A Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) gives councils like Sheffield the ability to say “No” to a new licensed business or to lay down conditions, such as opening times, minimum price, banning single can sales and high strengths of alcohol available. It is usually applied to licensed premises in locations where there are demonstrated to be anti-social problems caused by excessive alcohol availability – hence the name “Cumulative Impact” – ie: already enough alcohol available, the cumulative impact of which is causing local anti-social problems.
On 2nd June 2017 SCCRAG submitted its report to the city council review panel on why central Sheffield, and in particular West Street and the surrounding area, needs a Cumulative Impact policy. The report explains problems of anti-social behaviour caused by cheap, strong alcohol, psychotic drugs and in some cases mental health issues. These impact adversely on local businesses, visitors and residents. Those involved in anti-social behaviour in the area carry with them an open can of strong alcohol all of the time. The London Borough of Islington recently issued a document involving University of Sheffield researchers among others, which found that reducing the overnight opening of off-licences by using the availability of a CIP did reduce the levels of anti-social behavior.
See below for the SCCRAG report………….