July 30, 2011
ban for public areas in Burnham and Brean is approved
for public areas in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Berrow and Brean
to become designated 'no drinking zones' have this week been given
Sedgemoor District Council's Licensing Committee has approved
the plans to introduce new Designated
Drinking Orders as part of a bid to reduce anti-social
changes mean police will have the power to ask for alcohol to
be handed over in public places if people are believed to be causing
trouble. If they refuse, they can be arrested and face fines of
up to £500.
The scheme covers the whole of Burnham, Berrow, Brean and Burnham
Without (to the west of the railway line) plus Highbridge (excluding
Walrow and the Isleport Industrial estate), but does not include
holiday parks, campsites or business premises. A map of the Burnham
area affected is shown here.
Inspector Roger Tolley from Burnham Police welcomed the decision,
telling Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I would stress that we are not
going to be targeting anyone who is simply enjoying a drink in
a public place and not causing trouble. Designated
Drinking Orders help police to target those who carry out
anti-social behaviour as a result of drinking."
councillors were recently split on whether the ban should be introduced
- ten councillors voted in favour of the blanket ban while five
were against, with some questioning the costs of introducing the
Designated Drinking Orders have been in place in parts of Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge since 2005 at known trouble spots, including Winchester
Road playing fields, Manor Gardens, Rosewood Park playing fields,
The Esplanade, Jubilee Gardens, Southwell Gardens and Apex Park.
orders - which are being introduced under Sections 12-15 of the
Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 - do not apply to premises
licensed to sell alcohol or locations where temporary event notices
for the sale of alcohol have been granted.