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6. (1) A council shall take all relevant circumstances into consideration when determining whether to make—
(a)a closing order; or
(b)a variation order which varies a closing order or a previous variation order by specifying—
(i)an hour later than that specified in the order which it varies as the hour at which the use of the premises for the supply to or consumption by the public of meals and refreshments may begin; or
(ii)an hour earlier than that so specified as the hour at which their use for that purpose is to end,
but a council may not make a closing order or such a variation order unless residents in the neighbourhood of the premises to which the order, if made, would relate have complained of disturbance such as is mentioned in Article 5(1).
(2) If a council proposes—
(a)to make a closing order; or
(b)to make such a variation order as is mentioned in paragraph (1)(b), it shall first serve a notice in accordance with paragraphs (12) to (14)—
(i)giving its reasons for seeking to make the order; and
(ii)stating that within 28 days of service of the notice the keeper of the premises to which the order, if made, would relate may in writing require the council to give him an opportunity to make representations to it concerning the matter.
(3) Where a notice has been served under paragraph (2), the council shall not determine the matter, until either—
(a)the keeper has made representations to the council concerning it; or
(b)the period during which he could have required the council to give him an opportunity to make representations has elapsed without his requiring the council to give him such an opportunity; or
(c)the conditions specified in paragraph (4) are satisfied.
(4) The conditions mentioned in paragraph (3) are—
(a)that the keeper has required the council to give him an opportunity to make representations to it;
(b)that the council has allowed him a reasonable period for making his representations; and
(c)that he has failed to make them within that period.
(5) Representations may be made, at the keeper's option, either in writing or orally.
(6) If the keeper informs the council that he desires to make oral representations, the council shall give him an opportunity of appearing before and of being heard by the council.
(7) The council shall not reveal to the keeper the name or address of any person who has made a complaint concerning the premises, unless it has first obtained the consent of the person who made the complaint.
(8) Where the keeper of any premises has applied for a variation order or a revocation order, the council shall be deemed to have refused the application if it fails to determine the matter within 8 weeks from the date on which the application was made.
(9) When a council makes an order under Article 5, it shall serve a copy in accordance with paragraphs (12) to (14).
(10) A closing order and any such variation order as is mentioned in paragraph (1)(b) shall come into force 21 days after the date of service.
(11) A variation order other than a variation order such as is mentioned in paragraph (1)(b) and a revocation order shall come into force on such date as may be specified in it.
(12) Any document required to be served under this Article shall be served on the keeper of the premises to which it relates and may be served on him by post.
(13) For the purposes of service any such document may be addressed to the keeper at the premises to which it relates.
(14) The keeper may be addressed either by name or by the description of “the keeper” of the premises (describing them).
(15) An appeal—
(a)against a closing order or a variation order; or
(b)against a refusal by the council to make a variation order or a revocation order,
may be brought to the country court by the keeper of the premises to which the order relates or would relate.
(16) No appeal against an order may be brought after it has come into force, and if an appeal is brought against an order, the order shall not come into force until the appeal has been determined or abandoned.
(17) No appeal against a refusal to make a variation order or a revocation order may be brought after the expiry of the period of 21 days from—
(a)the date on which the keeper was notified of the refusal; or
(b)in a case to which paragraph (8) applies, the end of the period referred to in that paragraph.
(18) On an appeal to the county court under this Article relating to any premises the court may confirm an order relating to the premises made under Article 5 or set it aside or give directions to the council as to the making of such an order relating to the premises and the decision of the county court shall be final.
(19) It shall be the duty of the council to comply with any directions under paragraph (18).
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