Street Drinking Bans Enforcement

MQT on 2008-06-18
Session date: 
June 18, 2008
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In the spirit of zero tolerance and in anticipation of your role as Chairman of the MPA, will you join me in urging the police to strongly enforce street drinking bans where they exist in Croydon and throughout London?


Answer for Street Drinking Bans Enforcement

Answer for Street Drinking Bans Enforcement

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes. It is important that tools to help curb drunken behaviour are used effectively. Street drinking bans or alcohol free zones are formally titled designated public places orders. Local authorities are responsible for consulting with the police prior to setting one up. Decisions about what is appropriate for each area need to be made at the local level. Enforcement can be carried out by the police and by local authority officers such as wardens. The police Safer Neighbourhood Teams are well placed to assist. I would expect the relevant agencies to work together and also to seek to address underlying causes of such problems where possible.