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Portsmouth City Council is inviting public feedback on its new licensing policies through two consultations launching today.

One is for the draft policy for licensing alcohol sales, entertainment venues and sale of hot food or drink after 11pm at night, and the second is the draft policy for licensing gambling premises.

The draft documents set out the proposals for the council's licensing objectives in both areas and how it will consider and decide applications alongside the government and Gambling Commission guidelines. Everyone has the opportunity to comment on the draft versions of the policies up until the consultations close at 5pm on Friday, 5 May.

Legally the council has to publish new licensing policies every five years for alcohol, entertainment and sale of hot food or drink after 11pm and every three years for gambling premises and the consultation is part of this process.

The draft documents can be seen by following the links for the draft statement of licensing policy and draft gambling licencing principles or see a paper copy by visiting the council's licensing department in Charles Dickens Street at the back of the Civic Offices.

Anyone wanting to give their views on the policies should email or write to the licensing manager, Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AL, before 5pm on Friday, 5 May.