Editorial

Alcohol-free Zone for Gloucester: Street Boozing Clampdown as Authorities Get Tough on Anti-social Behaviour

Authorities in Gloucester have placed a city-wide Public Spaces Protection Order against anti-social behaviour, in a bid to make it a more pleasant and safe place to live and work.

The order ensures that anyone who is caught breaching may be fined up to £1,000, given a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £80, or arrested.

The order, which will commence on November 30, aims to:

  • make dog owners keep their dogs under control and on leads if requested to do so by an authorised person.
  • ban dogs from children’s play parks and require dog waste to be cleaned up.
  • put a stop to uncontrolled public drinking, to avoid causing a nuisance. Anyone caught will be required to hand over any alcohol when requested to do so.
  • introduce an alcohol free zone within the Business Improvement District (BID) and public places in the city centre unless as part of a licensed event or on licensed premises.
    The alcohol free zone will also extend from the city centre down London Road as far as and including Hillfield Gardens.

A public consultation was carried out by the Gloucester City Council before the decision to carry out the move was made.

Councillor Jennie Watkins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “The feedback from the consultation was clear, that residents want us to do what we can to reduce these types of anti-social behaviour

“Our ‘engage, support and enforce’ approach ensures that we work closely with individuals who may be vulnerable access the support they may need to make positive changes.”

 

 

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