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Views Wanted on Monk Fryston Drink Control Order

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2:49pm 13th May 2013

Selby District Council has launched a consultation with residents of Monk Fryston over new measures to tackle public drunkenness.

The Council is considering proposals for the creation of Designated Public Place Order to control crime, disorder and nuisance associated with drinking in public places.

If implemented, it will give police the powers to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime associated with the consumption of alcohol in Monk Fryston.

Local Landlady Helen Firth is shocked to hear the proposed plans.

 

Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane said, "We've been successful tackling antisocial behaviour in other areas, particularly following the introduction of a byelaw in Selby town centre to deal with those people who think it is acceptable to use our streets as a public toilet.

"In this case we want to look at how we can work with residents and partner organisations, such as the police, to ensure alcohol related antisocial behaviour is dealt with properly, quickly and effectively in Monk Fryston.

"This is all about making sure people feel safe and secure where they live and helping support businesses in this area too."

The powers would mean if a person continues to drink in the area when asked not to do so by a police officer, they could be arrested or fined up to £500 if convicted by a court.  Police officers would also be able to arrest anyone failing to surrender alcohol when asked to do so.

Cllr Crane added, "This isn't about stopping people enjoying themselves. These orders are a useful tool in tackling crime and disorder associated with drinking in public places and we will give careful consideration to the results of the consultation."

To take part in the consultation please click here.

The consultation closes on 12 June 2013.

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