Getting tough on park drinking
A PLAN to clamp down on anti-social drinking near a city playground has been endorsed by a councillors.
Peterborough City Council’s Strong and Supportive Communities Scrutiny Committee met on Wednesday and agreed to recommend that an order be put in place to tackle anti-social drinking in the Fletton Ward.
The Designated Public Places Order would be put on the Recreation Ground, off Oundle Road in Woodston.
It would mean that consuming alcohol in the designated area, after being asked to stop by a police officer, would become an offence.
The punishment could include a fine of up to £500.
Committee chairman Cllr Marion Todd said: “I do support the recommendation very strongly.
“There is a problem with alcohol cans and vodka bottles and anyone who has walked a dog will know how easily they can cause injury.
“That can be distressing for the dog and the owner themselves.”
Peterborough City Council put forward the application for the order because of ongoing issues with anti-social behaviour being reported to councillors and police.
The problem has been going on for several years and is particularly bad in the summer months.
Between March 2008 and February 2010, there were an average of 13 incidents per month occurring in the area of the recreation ground, with complaints peaking in July and August.
Manager of the SaferPeterborough Partnership Christine Graham, who presented the recommendations to the council committee, said: “This will not make it an offence to have alcohol.
“It is making it an offence to refuse to stop drinking alcohol when asked to by a police officer.
“We have had requests from a number of members of the public in the neighbourhood to look into bringing in something to help stop the behaviour.”
Committee member Cllr Stephen Goldspink also endorsed the plans and has called for the specifics of the problem to be looked into in further detail by the Fletton Neighbourhood Council.
He said: “It seems to be a step forward and it would be good to send it to the neighbourhood council.
“This is not a particularly controversial matter and it would be good to have them looking into it.”
The area which would fall under the Designated Public Places Order is the recreation ground itself and streets between Queens Walk, Palmerston Road, the A605 and the train tracks to the west.
The scrutiny committee referred its recommendation to be put before the full council on July 14, where councillors it will be decided if it will be adopted.
PROBLEMS: Woodston Recreation Ground where an order is to be put in place to tackle antisocial behaviour. (METP-01-04-10GM054)