Councillors back new licensed premises ban in centre of York

York Press: Councillors back new licensed premises ban in central York Councillors back new licensed premises ban in central York

COUNCILLORS have backed police calls to stop new pubs and off-licences opening in central York.

They were told the ban was needed to prevent antisocial behaviour and crime growing in an area covering Back Swinegate, Fossgate, Goodramgate and Parliament Street.

The gambling, licensing and regulatory committee also heard police warnings that without the ban, more supermarket branches with off-licences could open in York.

Insp Mark Henderson told them: “I can tell you now every major supermarket is on the watch constantly for premises closing in York city centre to turn into off-licences”.He also said some drinkers were taking strong alcohol into bars unknown to landlords and getting drunk on it.

The ban, formed by extending the cumulative impact zone (CIZ) covering Micklegate, Davygate and Coney Street, now looks set to become reality when it goes before the full council. Councillors of all parties welcomed the ban.

Coun Janet Looker said: “You do want people to come to York and enjoy themselves. For a significant number of people that does mean having a drink, perhaps having several drinks, but it is right we take note of the fact this then impacts significantly on all sorts of activities that go on, perhaps antisocial behaviour.”

She said there were “quite a few” applications per year for new pubs and off-licences in former estate agents or shops.Insp Henderson said despite landlords’ efforts to search people going into nightclubs, people were still smuggling hard alcohol in and getting drunk on it after buying soft drinks. Landlords found empty vodka bottles down the back of seats when they cleaned up and within 100 yards of every city centre pub there was now an off-licence.

Since 2010, the number of supermarket off licences in the city centre has risen from two to seven, but at least one would probably have been stopped had the extended zone been in force.

The new policy aims to prevent new licensed premises opening or existing ones extending their size or hours. Police say crime is falling in Micklegate but rising in Back Swinegate, Fossgate and Goodramgate areas. The ban is not designed to stop restaurants which want to sell alcohol with meals.

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11:59am Tue 18 Mar 14

notmyrealname says...

Stable horse door bolted
Stable horse door bolted notmyrealname
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12:21pm Tue 18 Mar 14

bloodaxe says...

Unstable horse.
Unstable horse. bloodaxe
  • Score: 1

12:29pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Jackanory2 says...

Wot a load of ..........
Wot a load of .......... Jackanory2
  • Score: -3

1:12pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Teabag1 says...

What about a Tesco express ban!!!
What about a Tesco express ban!!! Teabag1
  • Score: 7

1:29pm Tue 18 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

Teabag1 wrote:
What about a Tesco express ban!!!
What about it?
[quote][p][bold]Teabag1[/bold] wrote: What about a Tesco express ban!!![/p][/quote]What about it? YorkPatrol
  • Score: 3

2:11pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

"Regulatory" - do they know what it means?

This is stupid.. They should close the bad pubs and ensure the new ones are all good. They should "Regulate". Otherwise, what is the Gambling, Licencing and Regulatory Committee there for?
"Regulatory" - do they know what it means? This is stupid.. They should close the bad pubs and ensure the new ones are all good. They should "Regulate". Otherwise, what is the Gambling, Licencing and Regulatory Committee there for? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 10

3:20pm Tue 18 Mar 14

meme says...

Its a farce
Like it or not York is a tourist town and better for it
Its not the pubs fault that people get drunk and behave badly..........Its the people in them and a very small minority of them in fact. given the numbers who visit York
This is an issue of punishing those properly, as a deterrent to stop this bad behaviour, rather than a gentle tap on the wrist
Lock them up for 3 days/name and shame them/ Ban them from York/make them clean the streets in an obvious uniform to show they are badly behaved to shame them
Its a farce Like it or not York is a tourist town and better for it Its not the pubs fault that people get drunk and behave badly..........Its the people in them and a very small minority of them in fact. given the numbers who visit York This is an issue of punishing those properly, as a deterrent to stop this bad behaviour, rather than a gentle tap on the wrist Lock them up for 3 days/name and shame them/ Ban them from York/make them clean the streets in an obvious uniform to show they are badly behaved to shame them meme
  • Score: 7

5:28pm Tue 18 Mar 14

bolero says...

Too late, the damage is done.
Too late, the damage is done. bolero
  • Score: 2

12:30am Wed 19 Mar 14

jumbojet says...

So we can assume that the planning application in the paper shop window, in Goodramgate, for the sale of alcohol, will be refused. It does sit next to a public house, and opposite the Tesco store!!!
So we can assume that the planning application in the paper shop window, in Goodramgate, for the sale of alcohol, will be refused. It does sit next to a public house, and opposite the Tesco store!!! jumbojet
  • Score: 1

7:40am Wed 19 Mar 14

Stressed Out says...

jumbojet wrote:
So we can assume that the planning application in the paper shop window, in Goodramgate, for the sale of alcohol, will be refused. It does sit next to a public house, and opposite the Tesco store!!!
It's not a planning application, its a licensing application and if no one makes a representation it will be passed. Suspect the police will make them have a few hard conditions attached to the licence.
[quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: So we can assume that the planning application in the paper shop window, in Goodramgate, for the sale of alcohol, will be refused. It does sit next to a public house, and opposite the Tesco store!!![/p][/quote]It's not a planning application, its a licensing application and if no one makes a representation it will be passed. Suspect the police will make them have a few hard conditions attached to the licence. Stressed Out
  • Score: 2

11:17am Wed 19 Mar 14

marvell says...

I'd rather have good independent bars & pubs opening than micro branches of greedy supermarkets.

You can tell Tesco's agenda when the Goodramgate branch has more fridges stocking alcohol than food!!
I'd rather have good independent bars & pubs opening than micro branches of greedy supermarkets. You can tell Tesco's agenda when the Goodramgate branch has more fridges stocking alcohol than food!! marvell
  • Score: 3

12:15pm Thu 20 Mar 14

alanyork says...

marvell wrote:
I'd rather have good independent bars & pubs opening than micro branches of greedy supermarkets.

You can tell Tesco's agenda when the Goodramgate branch has more fridges stocking alcohol than food!!
very true, bang on route for all the students heading into town and anyone else wanting a drink at less than pub prices. only yesterday I said to my wife mind that bottle just dumped against the wall - 2 steps further another one in a shop doorway - then another perching on a window ledge. sadly we see it all the time now so please stop selling booze to drink in the streets !
[quote][p][bold]marvell[/bold] wrote: I'd rather have good independent bars & pubs opening than micro branches of greedy supermarkets. You can tell Tesco's agenda when the Goodramgate branch has more fridges stocking alcohol than food!![/p][/quote]very true, bang on route for all the students heading into town and anyone else wanting a drink at less than pub prices. only yesterday I said to my wife mind that bottle just dumped against the wall - 2 steps further another one in a shop doorway - then another perching on a window ledge. sadly we see it all the time now so please stop selling booze to drink in the streets ! alanyork
  • Score: 1

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