Policy aims to call time on number of Swansea city centre pubs
A SPECIAL policy could be rolled out to curb the number of bars and pubs opening up in Swansea city centre.
Residents will be able to have their say on the plan following booze-fuelled scenes of New Year's Eve revellers in Wind Street, which led to claims they had painted the city in a bad light. If the policy comes into force it could have its biggest impact on the street, along with The Kingsway.
Police said despite images of dishevelled party-goers staggering around Wind Street and one woman dragging a plant along behind her, only nine arrests were made for public order offences and minor assaults.
A Safer Swansea Partnership spokesman said: "Swansea Council will soon be going out to consultation on a proposed special policy that could in future restrict the granting of more licensed premises in some city centre areas. This may include areas like Wind Street and The Kingsway."
He added: "The responsibility for safe and sensible drinking lies with both people themselves and licensees, but we do a lot of work to help make the city centre night time experience as safe as possible.
"Swansea, like all city centres across the UK, was very busy over the Christmas holidays. This is why we took a range of extra measures, including enhanced CCTV coverage, a dedicated triage centre, a controlled drop-off point for visitors and a scheme to ban troublemakers from all the city centre's licensed premises."
Superintendent Phil Davies, head of operational policing in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, said there were fewer people arrested compared to previous years.
He said: "We had extra resources in place over Christmas and the new year, which has been very effective.
"There were nine arrests in Wind Street for public order and minor assaults. We were satisfied with people's behaviour as it's a small minority who cause problems."
Red Cross volunteers took seven revellers to hospital who needed treatment and Miarke Developments donated a St Mary's Square premises to set up a makeshift triage centre for injured people.
An Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board spokeswoman added: "Across the new year period, staff at the emergency department at Morriston Hospital saw a large number of patients who were intoxicated."
She said the majority of patients needed treatment for drink-induced injuries following falls, fighting or accidents, along with the effects of drink and drugs.