Plan for street drinking ban in bid to tackle yobs
DRINKING alcohol in the street is set to be banned across a large part of Llanelli town centre in a bid to tackle antisocial behaviour.
Carmarthenshire Council is to consider a request for a Designated Public Place Order to be made across areas of the Elli, Tyisha and Glanymor wards.
The proposal, put forward by the Community Safety Partnership, will be discussed at the next meeting of the council's executive board with a recommendation for approval after positive consultation.
Following an assessment of the level of drinking and alcohol-related disorder in the area as well as discussions with partners, a map was drawn up beyond the areas that were originally requested.
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Elli ward councillor John Jenkins, who has been campaigning for the new measures to be introduced for the past eight years, welcomed the news.
Mr Jenkins said: "There is a time and place for drinking and that's in the pub and not in the street.
"There has been harassment, alarm and upset caused to residents and there are a certain number of streets in town which have a problem.
"I started campaigning for this about eight years ago — first there was support from the council and not the police, and then the police and not the council, but now everybody is on the same side.
"It started off in People's Park as there were problems there but then there were calls from Station Road and other areas until everywhere was joined up.
"I think this is a reasonable answer, it is a common sense answer and has support across all of the parties.
"I will endorse it when it comes to full council."
A controlled drinking zone provides the police with the power to order a person to surrender any alcohol or alcohol containers in their possession. Although it is not an offence to drink alcohol in a designated area, failing to surrender alcohol after orders from an officer is an offence which can lead to an arrest or result in a fine of up to £500.
The process does not prohibit alcohol consumption in public where it is authorised.
If approved by the council's executive board, it will then go before full council.
Community safety manager Kate Thomas added: "This is the first request that has been made for such an order that has been supported by the police and evidence has been available to support the need for such an order."