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York Council Boss and Police To See Impact of Alcohol on City

Kersten England

1:35pm 17th January 2014

City of York Council’s Chief Executive Kersten England and Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick will be visiting licensed premises in York as part of ongoing work to improve the city’s night time economy and to address anti-social behaviour.

The informal walk will take in city centre venues and will reflect on recent consultation with licensed premises and a pending review of the city’s Alcohol Restriction Zone and Cumulative Impact Zone. It will also be an opportunity to discuss what landlords and managers feel can be contributed to York After Five.

Kersten England said: “Our approach to building on and improving this important aspect of our city has to be holistic and our conversations will be fed back to our partners.

“The night time economy is a major employer in the beautiful city centre as well as an important revenue source and we need to support it while absolutely recognising the concerns of residents.”

“We’ll be talking in the light of an ongoing review by the council’s scrutiny committees, Safer York Partnership’sAVANTE (Alcohol Violent Crime and Night Time Economy) task group’s work and our continued and close partnership with North Yorkshire Police, British Transport Police and York Hospital.

DCC Tim Madgwick said: “North Yorkshire Police understands that the night-time economy of York is very important, both in terms of the revenue that it brings to businesses and also to the community who enjoy the vibrant city. We are committed to maintaining the balance between the majority who want nothing more than a fun night out and that small minority who are determined to cause trouble.

“The purpose of this initiative is so that I can see for myself and offer support to colleagues working on the frontline in this operation.

We will work tirelessly with our partners to help, support and protect those in a position of vulnerability, and will deal robustly with those who commit offences.”

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