Police set to get booze ban powers in Mitcham

Police set to get booze ban powers in Mitcham

Police set to get booze ban powers in Mitcham

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Menacing street drinkers in Mitcham town centre could be given their marching orders soon after plans emerged this week to set up a controlled drinking zone (CDZ).

Following years of lobbying from residents calling for a CDZ, like one that has operated in Wimbledon town centre since 2006, Merton Council has announced it will begin a formal consultation ahead of its implementation.

At this week's full council meeting at the Civic Centre in Morden, cabinet member for community safety Edith Macauley recommended the consultation starts immediately.

Pressure for a CDZ has grown in recent years, with residents describing Friday nights in Fair Green as “mayhem” as groups of youths stand in the street drinking alcohol.

Councillor Peter Walker, who represents Figge’s Marsh, launched a petition in support of the CPZ and said: “There’s a huge problem around there.

”We had lots of people come to the meeting saying they feel totally intimidated.

"Every night they are out there and it’s just not pleasant at all.”

But, even as recently as in March, residents were told in a public meeting that it would not be “cost effective” to put in a CDZ, which gives police the power to confiscate alcohol and issue a maximum fine of £500.

Last month, Coun Macauley did not say the council planned to introduce a CDZ and said that evidence was needed to support its introduction.

But her report to Wednesday night’s meeting said: “It is currently envisaged that the establishment of a CDZ in Mitcham town centre can be met from existing resources.

“Its enforcement will be by the police.

“If any additional costs are identified during the implementation process, appropriate sources of funding, which could include virement [a transfer of funds from one budget to another] will need to be identified.”


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8:35am Fri 13 Jul 12

Googol says...

Why do you refer FOUR times in this article to a "CPZ"? What have controlled parking zones got to do with it?
Why do you refer FOUR times in this article to a "CPZ"? What have controlled parking zones got to do with it? Googol
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10:17am Fri 13 Jul 12

dbs111 says...

Its about time something was done. And its not just the teenagers in the evening that are a problem, ive drove through Mitcham at 7.30 in the morning on quite a few occasions taking the kids to school and theres a group of older men sitting at the bus stop drinking. Whenever i go through Mitcham during the day theres drunks sitting on the walls and benches swigging their beers while little kids are playing nearby on the grass. I personally dont walk through Mitcham anymore as its just a s**t hole. Hopefully something is finally going to be done about it now.
Its about time something was done. And its not just the teenagers in the evening that are a problem, ive drove through Mitcham at 7.30 in the morning on quite a few occasions taking the kids to school and theres a group of older men sitting at the bus stop drinking. Whenever i go through Mitcham during the day theres drunks sitting on the walls and benches swigging their beers while little kids are playing nearby on the grass. I personally dont walk through Mitcham anymore as its just a s**t hole. Hopefully something is finally going to be done about it now. dbs111
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10:27am Fri 13 Jul 12

andyacton says...

I don't understand why this isn't in place across the UK as standard practice!
I don't understand why this isn't in place across the UK as standard practice! andyacton
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6:10am Sat 14 Jul 12

tjames says...

what police?
what police? tjames
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5:33pm Sun 15 Jul 12

Ben78177 says...

It's good they are doing this, but are they going to stick at it, most of the time Merton Council makes promises they cannot keep, they will be brilliant at keep this up at first. It's a good thing aswell as most of the time you see people walking out of pubs from lock-ins at 6-7 in the morning drunk out of their mind just mindlessly walking into the streets and clueless of what's going on around them!
It's good they are doing this, but are they going to stick at it, most of the time Merton Council makes promises they cannot keep, they will be brilliant at keep this up at first. It's a good thing aswell as most of the time you see people walking out of pubs from lock-ins at 6-7 in the morning drunk out of their mind just mindlessly walking into the streets and clueless of what's going on around them! Ben78177
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7:00pm Sun 15 Jul 12

tjames says...

when?
when? tjames
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7:58pm Mon 16 Jul 12

bri189 says...

ben78177 what pubs do you refer to i thought this is about street drinking im up for a drinking battle if you fancy it on the marsh last man standing!!!!!!!
ben78177 what pubs do you refer to i thought this is about street drinking im up for a drinking battle if you fancy it on the marsh last man standing!!!!!!! bri189
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8:05pm Mon 16 Jul 12

bri189 says...

ps hooch is back!!
ps hooch is back!! bri189
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