Praise for council schemes to crack down on street drinking

Praise for council schemes to crack down on street drinking.

Praise for council schemes to crack down on street drinking.

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NEW and extended alcohol restriction rules have been praised in a council report.

The report, which will go before the Community Safety Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday, includes an update on the work of Safer York Partnership's Alcohol, Violence & Night Time Economy (AVANTE) group.

It says the results of research from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will be released in the next few weeks, and praises the Cumulative Impact Zone (CIZ), which looks at areas in the city where the sale of alcohol or alcohol consumption can create vulnerability or problems in society, which has been extended.

Under the CIZ, applications for a premises licence which would be likely to increase problems in the area would be refused, unless the applicant can demonstrate how their venue will not contribute to the issue.

That area now includes Back Swinegate, Spurriergate, Goodramgate and Fossgate, and all bars, off-licences, supermarkets and convenience stores within the area.

The report says: "North Yorkshire Police report positive results from the extended CIZ. This has allowed them to object to or negotiate robust conditions on new applications.

"The police have found that many prospective applicants are deterred from opening new venues when they are made aware of the CIZ."

The Alcohol Restriction Zone (ARZ), which allows police and council officers to confiscate alcohol from anyone drinking in the streets within the city walls or at the railway station, has also been beneficial to reducing antisocial behaviour, according to the report.

It said: "The ARZ has greatly assisted both North Yorkshire Police and British Transport Police officers in managing antisocial behaviour and disorder, football related disorder and street drinking."

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8:40am Tue 2 Sep 14

smudge2 says...

When you allow every shop and supermarket to sell alcohol In the city centre you will get problems. The airports and airlines sell alcohol to boost there profits and end up with rowdy passengers who's selfish actions upset the rest of the plane. . 'When drinks in wits out'
When you allow every shop and supermarket to sell alcohol In the city centre you will get problems. The airports and airlines sell alcohol to boost there profits and end up with rowdy passengers who's selfish actions upset the rest of the plane. . 'When drinks in wits out' smudge2
  • Score: 10

10:12am Tue 2 Sep 14

stephen123 says...

Great for the City centre, but please do not push the problems out into the pleasant green spaces in York. Why can't the Council issue similar orders so that all the Strays are classed as No Alcohol Zones
Great for the City centre, but please do not push the problems out into the pleasant green spaces in York. Why can't the Council issue similar orders so that all the Strays are classed as No Alcohol Zones stephen123
  • Score: 1

11:07am Tue 2 Sep 14

Funnyian says...

Whilst I would think most people would agree with this article there is one point, the ARZ does not ban drinking alcohol in public places but make it an offence to carry on drinking when asked to stop by a Police Officer, there still is a large number of people who drink whilst on the street i.e. Student on their way to pubs/nightclubs and a large number of Street drinkers who congregate at certain points of the city so a bit more control might solve a problem arising.
Whilst I would think most people would agree with this article there is one point, the ARZ does not ban drinking alcohol in public places but make it an offence to carry on drinking when asked to stop by a Police Officer, there still is a large number of people who drink whilst on the street i.e. Student on their way to pubs/nightclubs and a large number of Street drinkers who congregate at certain points of the city so a bit more control might solve a problem arising. Funnyian
  • Score: 7

12:45pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Pinza-C55 says...

The council writes a report praising the council ?
That reminds me of the old saying "Self praise is no form of flattery".
The council writes a report praising the council ? That reminds me of the old saying "Self praise is no form of flattery". Pinza-C55
  • Score: 4

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