RED tape is hitting pubs and clubs in Huddersfield.
That’s the view of Richard Downey, who has been running businesses in the town for years.
Mr Downey, the owner of the Rock Cafe, spoke out on behalf of town centre businesses regarding what he termed “Kirklees Council’s endless red tape.”
Mr Downey, 38, has voiced the opinions of many bar owners in the town and believes that the council are becoming less business friendly.
He said: “I feel that the council is becoming anti-business.
“They’re just making up rules, but where will it end?
“Somebody high up in the council should get the department heads together and become more business friendly.
“Now is not the time to be introducing red taping and restrictive practices.
“Businesses need to flourish and the council seems to be holding them back.”
His comments follow the introduction of a town centre blanket ban on flyers for bars and clubs unless they have a licence to distribute them.
The Rock Cafe has been issuing flyers outside its front door every Saturday afternoon for 15 years, offering discounts on meals and drinks.
As the bar trades from the first floor, flyers and A-boards are crucial for business promotion.
Bar managers claim they were unaware of the blanket ban until a Community Ranger stopped an employee from handing out flyers in the street last weekend.
The bar has only recently won a three-year campaign against the council to allow the use of an A-board outside its front doors for promotional purposes.
Mr Downey argues that in the midst of a recession the last thing businesses need is any restriction on trading.
He said: “We are living in extraordinary times – it’s time for new business-friendly policies.
“At the end of the day, it is the town centre retailers that pay business rates and pay for council member salaries.
“We should be heard and the council should become more business friendly.”
Clr Christine Iredale, who chairs the Licensing and Safety Committee, said: “The council is trying its best to help local traders in this time of recession.
“We do sympathise with the struggling businesses at this time.”