New summit to address York's alcohol problem

City leaders say they will try to reduce alcohol-related problems (stock picture).

City leaders say they will try to reduce alcohol-related problems (stock picture).

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A "tackling alcohol" summit looks set to be held in York, to help address problems caused by people drinking too much in the city-centre.

City council leader James Alexander said on twitter on Saturday that he was calling the summit, as he posted a picture of officers from North Yorkshire Police dealing with a group of people just off Coney Street.

In later tweets on Sunday, he said "everyone needs to play their part + work together". He said the plan would involve council licensing officers, North Yorkshire Police and the health services.

Last month, The Press reported the council's plans to take a tougher stand against licensees who sell alcohol to already-drunk customers, with a series of letters and reminders to go out to managers and owners of licensed premises, and formal reviews of the licenses of trouble-spots.

A focus group set up by the council for a report earlier this year said there were not enough activities in York at night for those who did not want to go to bars or restaurants.

More late-night shopping and evening entertainment were mooted but traders called for help from the council to make it work.

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9:31pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Yorkkeiyyer says...

How does York compare with Leeds?

One thing I noticed living in Leeds for a while, the University holds some of the best events with the best bands, dJs and performing artists on site and often up to twice a week doesn't close until after 5am.. The events are open to all not just students.

Does York want to become more centred around students? If it does perhaps the night life needs to compare itself to the other cities.

If things are worse in Leeds then ok curb it but tbh I don't think they are, Leeds is a much better place to go out when compared to York because you aren't forced to get as much as you can down your neck in a couple of hours, instead like most young adults you go out at around 10 to 11pm.

Oh no I hear people say that's too late.. Perhaps the same negative people who had the children but now don't want to build houses anywhere for them on 'their green belt'..
How does York compare with Leeds? One thing I noticed living in Leeds for a while, the University holds some of the best events with the best bands, dJs and performing artists on site and often up to twice a week doesn't close until after 5am.. The events are open to all not just students. Does York want to become more centred around students? If it does perhaps the night life needs to compare itself to the other cities. If things are worse in Leeds then ok curb it but tbh I don't think they are, Leeds is a much better place to go out when compared to York because you aren't forced to get as much as you can down your neck in a couple of hours, instead like most young adults you go out at around 10 to 11pm. Oh no I hear people say that's too late.. Perhaps the same negative people who had the children but now don't want to build houses anywhere for them on 'their green belt'.. Yorkkeiyyer
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12:45pm Mon 4 Aug 14

inthesticks says...

Yorkkeiyyer wrote:
How does York compare with Leeds?

One thing I noticed living in Leeds for a while, the University holds some of the best events with the best bands, dJs and performing artists on site and often up to twice a week doesn't close until after 5am.. The events are open to all not just students.

Does York want to become more centred around students? If it does perhaps the night life needs to compare itself to the other cities.

If things are worse in Leeds then ok curb it but tbh I don't think they are, Leeds is a much better place to go out when compared to York because you aren't forced to get as much as you can down your neck in a couple of hours, instead like most young adults you go out at around 10 to 11pm.

Oh no I hear people say that's too late.. Perhaps the same negative people who had the children but now don't want to build houses anywhere for them on 'their green belt'..
I`m genuinely interested to know what it is that is making people force as much down their necks in a couple of hours. Our city centre pubs have long opening hours, so what is giving the impression that customers have to drink quickly?
[quote][p][bold]Yorkkeiyyer[/bold] wrote: How does York compare with Leeds? One thing I noticed living in Leeds for a while, the University holds some of the best events with the best bands, dJs and performing artists on site and often up to twice a week doesn't close until after 5am.. The events are open to all not just students. Does York want to become more centred around students? If it does perhaps the night life needs to compare itself to the other cities. If things are worse in Leeds then ok curb it but tbh I don't think they are, Leeds is a much better place to go out when compared to York because you aren't forced to get as much as you can down your neck in a couple of hours, instead like most young adults you go out at around 10 to 11pm. Oh no I hear people say that's too late.. Perhaps the same negative people who had the children but now don't want to build houses anywhere for them on 'their green belt'..[/p][/quote]I`m genuinely interested to know what it is that is making people force as much down their necks in a couple of hours. Our city centre pubs have long opening hours, so what is giving the impression that customers have to drink quickly? inthesticks
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4:44pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Yorkkeiyyer says...

In the sticks :

What I'm saying is restricted licensing hours have pubs and clubs turning out at the same times, this causes trouble.

Many clubs in Leeds, including stylus and those on the Uni campus are only just getting started when the ones in York are throwing people out.

Perhaps a comparison with Leeds is worth considering that's the suggestion.
In the sticks : What I'm saying is restricted licensing hours have pubs and clubs turning out at the same times, this causes trouble. Many clubs in Leeds, including stylus and those on the Uni campus are only just getting started when the ones in York are throwing people out. Perhaps a comparison with Leeds is worth considering that's the suggestion. Yorkkeiyyer
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