Street drinking ban extended in Nottingham

A ban on drinking alcohol on some streets in Nottingham has been extended
By Kit Sandeman, Local Democracy Reporter

The ban covers wide areas of the city, including student-heavy streets and many parks.

Thousands of fines have been handed out to people caught breaking the rules over the last few years.

Yesterday, the temporary ban was extended by another three years, meaning it will remain against the law to drink in the street until at least 2023, at which point the order could be extended again.

The ban is designed to crack down on antisocial behaviour, and improve the safety of parks.

A map showing the areas of Nottingham where street and parking drinking aren’t allowed. Picture: Nottingham City Council.

A consultation on extending the ban was started in February, but no responses were received from either the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police or members of the public or businesses in Nottingham.

A council report on the ban states: “The powers have been used over 12,000 times over the past four years and they have been critical in supporting the council’s aims of dealing effectively with alcohol related anti-social behaviour.

“Without the use of these powers, it is a concern that alcohol related anti-social behaviour could increase exponentially, causing significant problems for businesses, citizens and visitors to Nottingham.”

The council goes on to say the ban is necessary to: “a) Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, including nuisance and disorder arising from people drinking alcohol in the public spaces; and b) Improve the quality of life and enjoyment of the area by residents, businesses and visitors.”

The ban is technically made up of eight different orders, each covering a different part of the city.

The regions included are: the Arboretum; Basford; the City Centre; Hyson Green; Radford; Sneinton and St Ann’s.

Over the previous three years of the ban, thousands of people have had alcohol confiscated.

In 2016/2017, 2,453 people had their alcohol taken off them, in 2017/18 it was 2,900 and the year after the figure was 5,453.

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