December 6, 2010
booze-free zone to cover whole of Burnham and Highbridge
public areas in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge look set to become
alcohol-free zones after a police proposal was unanimously approved
by town councillors on Monday evening (December 6th).
are keen to see the existing no drinking by-law covering several
streets extended to cover the whole of Burnham and Highbridge
in order to crack down on anti-social behaviour.
Ian Kennett of Burnham Police told councillors at Monday's meeting:
"The current patchy coverage makes it difficult for us to
enforce because people can move to an area not covered by the
alcohol order, which is why we'd like the whole of Burnham and
voted unanimously in favour of the proposal, although a final
decision on whether it proceeds now rests with Sedgemoor District
Kennett added: "The order will allow us to request offenders
stop drinking in public areas, and also enables us to remove and
destroy drink where necessary. Those who fail to comply can be
assured councillors that outdoor fetes and music events where
alcohol is sold, such as in Burnham's Manor Gardens, will not
Designated Drinking Orders are already in force in other parts
of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, having been originally introduced
in 2005 to reduce anti-social drinking. Police
have the power to ask for alcohol to be handed over if people
are believed to be causing trouble and if they refuse, they can
be arrested and fined £500.
orders are currently in operation at Winchester Road Playing Fields,
Manor Gardens, Rosewood Park playing fields, The Esplanade, Jubilee
Gardens, Southwell Gardens, Apex Park, Bank Street, Market Street,
and along Burnham beach. Proposals were also recently
put forward to introduce a zone on Highbridge Town Green.