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Alcohol control orders given green light

Archived press release

Date Published: 27/05/08

New powers that will allow the authorities to clamp down on unruly and drunken behaviour in Aylesbury will come into force this summer.

At a meeting of Aylesbury Vale District Council’s licensing committee on 19 May, councillors approved the introduction of 23 Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs) in specified areas.

DPPOs create an area where police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) have the authority to ask people to stop drinking and surrender their alcohol if they are seen to be creating a nuisance. Anyone who refuses can be arrested and faces a fine of up to £500.

Residents and businesses in the identified areas have been consulted to ensure the orders cover all the places of main concern. The police have confirmed that there are problems associated with these areas and that the powers provided by the DPPOs would help officers tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.

AVDC is also considering a proposal to use its power to introduce DPPOs in Winslow and Steeple Claydon, as there are regular problems in these two places. Residents and businesses will be invited to give their views on the proposed alcohol control orders later in the summer.

Councillor Judy Brandis, Chairman of the AVDC Licensing Committee, said: “Drinking in public places can lead to anti-social behaviour and makes people feel unsafe. These restrictions would allow the police to deal quickly with unruly and drunken behaviour before it can spiral out of control. We are confident that the introduction of DPPOs will make a very real difference to the quality of life for the residents of Aylesbury.”

Deputy Commander for Aylesbury Vale Local Police Area, Acting Chief Inspector, Dave Gilbert said: “We welcome any assistance offered to deal with anti social behaviour; this power will assist us in our continual drive to reduce this sort of behaviour in highlighted problem areas. We will continue to work with our partners in resolving these issues.”

The DPPOs will come into force this summer. Signs will be erected around the town to indicate the designated areas.

The DPPOs cover the areas listed below: 
Alfred Rose Park; Bateman Drive; Bedgrove Park and Spinney; Carlton Close; Aylesbury Cemetery; Dunsham Park; The Coppice; Cottesloe open space; Denby Walk and Victoria Park; Blackwater Drive open space; Edinburgh and Walton Court playing fields; Walton Court Centre; Elm Green; Haddington Way; Haydon Hill; Riverside Walk; Bowlers Field; Oakfield Road; Vale Park; Sommerville Way; Simpson Place; Waivers Way and Whitehill.

Contact information

Contact:

Media Officer

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk