THE first of the new local authority-issued licences to serve alcohol and late-night food has been approved by Wrexham County Borough Council.
But the council has warned that since applications for licence transfers were slow to come in, it may have to shut down premises if they miss the deadlines.
Pik Ying Leung and Yee Lan Wong of the Sleepy Panda restaurant were not caught out and got their application for transfer in early.
Their personal and premises licences were delivered last week under the new Licensing Act which comes into force later this year.
All licensed premises must have transferred their licence, regardless of when it expires, to a local authority licence by August 6.
Those who miss the deadline must apply for a new licence from scratch rather than simply renewing it. And any person, or property, running on an old licence from November 7 is likely to be shut down.
'We have not had many applications for transfers yet,' said a council spokeswoman. 'If licensees don't get a move on Wrexham could run dry! But seriously, people cannot wait until a month before deadline then rush us with hundreds of applications because we will get a backlog. People need to get their applications in early so they can be processed in time.'
For more details call the licensing department on 01978 292049.