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Should Drinking Be Banned On Residential Streets?

Thursday October 11 2012

Do you think drinking should be banned on residential streets?

The police and the council have been meeting this week to discuss ways to tackle street drinking in Central and Old Town Wards.

But Coun Margaret Bruff tweeted that opinions differed on the matter and it is now going out to consultation.

How big is the problem? Do you have a problem with on street drinking in your area?

Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below.

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Reply Posted by Mick on Thursday October 11 2012 at 13:44
The problem with introducing by-laws like this to cover specific areas is that you just move the problem around. Unless the ban applies everywhere it is pointless.

Reply Posted by Carole on Thursday October 11 2012 at 16:00
I hate seeing people in certain places town with there beer cans an wine bottles. They are there more or less every day and not only does it lower the tone so to speak what lesson is it learning to the young folk. Should def be a street ban. If people want a drink then fine but there are better places to do it, like in a pub or at home, rather than on the streets :)

Reply Posted by CllrMags on Thursday October 11 2012 at 19:37
This debate is not about drinking in the Town Centre -it is about the street where you live. There are a lot of considerations to be thought through first. A Section 12 Order gives officers the authority to police on street drinking. That does not mean no one can drink it means that they have the power of choosing who can or cannot drink on the street. Signs would have to be put up on all streets affected by the Order, but the police do not have funding to pay for them -they would want the Council to find the money.
What message does it send out about the area you live in, would it devalue your property, be seen as a 'bad area' to live in, stigmatise you and your neighbours for the sake of a minority of people who don't know how to behave. Should we concentrate on dealing with the few or penalise the many? Councillors would like your views on this subject to help us decide which way to vote at the next meeting - happy to speak to you - contact us via Town Hall.

Reply Posted by Tony Wright on Thursday October 11 2012 at 21:30
This is an interesting one. Speaking for myself I'd say we don't have a problem with drinking on the streets on our estate, so I don't think there's a need for signs and new restrictions covering the whole area. Having said that, there a couple of spots where teenagers can be seen drinking alcohol and can sometimes become rather boisterous! If the signs were going to be utilised anywhere, I think that the residents living directly adjacent to the gathering spots would rather have the stigma of a sign and the power to do something that comes with it, than the inconvenience of groups of youths who can sometimes be noisy, untidy and abusive when the booze kicks in. Well done for seeking local views Councillor Bruff, let me know if you would like to know exactly which areas I am referring to if you don't already know. Cheers.

Reply Posted by king louis on Friday October 12 2012 at 08:43
be careful at the wording...at Barton bike night on the east coast near the humber bridge i was told by the police that it was illegal to stand on the pavement with a drink. It was a pint of cola because i was riding but he said the law is against drinking on the streets.I pointed to others with cans of coke...and was told to stand back in the doorway BECAUSE THAT IS THE LAW...

Reply Posted by greenginger on Friday October 12 2012 at 11:56
If you live in an area where people are constantly standing outside pubs and clubs and smoking and shouting (as you do when you have had a few) and no doubt swearing and the inevitable urinating and drunken fighting then I would suggest a sign would not bother you. Likewise King Louis if you lived in the area where you wanted to stand drinking your coke you may have had a different view. BTW the Police uphold the law whether it is an ass or not because THAT IS THEIR ROLE IN SOCIETY. To protect people like you.

Reply Posted by Tracey on Saturday October 13 2012 at 07:50
Agree if a ban is in place it should be everywhere. Personal opinion I hate seeing people sat in their front gardens in the summer with half a dozen friends round drinking their cans of lager and eating their take away food. I just don t get it when most have a back garden. !!!!

Reply Posted by Katherine on Monday October 15 2012 at 15:09
I thought it was illegal to drink alcohol on the streets anyway? Isn't this an issue for the police, rather than the council? Arrest/warn the people who are drinking on the streets.

Reply Posted by sd on Monday October 15 2012 at 18:31
We've had a ban on alcohol on our street for a couple of years. There's still never a day when there isn't at least one person on the street swigging from a can or bottle, shouting, screaming and carrying on on the street, from age 14 or 15, up to late 50s. The "green beer bottle" plant in my front garden must be flowering already.

Reply Posted by CllrRothschild on Tuesday October 16 2012 at 12:59
I agree, a ban should be in place on all street drinking. While we're at it, lets ban smoking in the street, and have those pesky smokers locked up. And, what about teenage mums? The stigma attached to teenage pregnancy is sure to effect the value of your property if they're seen in the area. Lets ban teenage mums too. Then there's the homeless. Why should they sleep in a park near my street and lower the tone of the area. Lets arrest and lock up all the homeless too. In fact, anyone who isn't in full time employment, saving up to buy a house and planning a family, lock them up. Lock them all up. Our government will be sure to protect our interests if we let them. We need laws! More laws! Ban civil liberties! ;o) Peace.

Reply Posted by Cllr Green on Friday October 26 2012 at 15:07
Luckily drinking on streets is not a widesperad problem in Barnsley but there are some areas where it is and it causes distress to those that live there and have to put up with the problems it causes. So my view is that where it is a problem it needs to be dealt with. Its not fair that a small minority of people cause so many problems for the majority and we also have to think about the messages we give to children.

Reply Posted by Eric on Tuesday November 27 2012 at 15:36
It is not just the problem of drinking in the street, it is also the way they dispose of the tins/bottles. They are trown down in the street and peoples gardens, I get the litter both back and front. It needs stopping if they can't do the right thing.