BARS, restaurants and cafes in Burton 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, which will go before the licensing committee next week, 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.
It is thought about 10 premises would initially sign up to the scheme in Burton.
The reported added that 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.