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Alcohol control zones come into force

Date: 28/10/2008           Category: Community Safety

Alcohol control zones for Gillingham and Strood will come into force on Saturday, 1 November. The Community Safety Partnership scheme received support from local residents and traders and will be introduced to bring Gillingham and Strood in line with the successful alcohol control zones in Rochester and Chatham. The new zone will be brought into effect on 1 November 2008 by a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO), which was passed by Medway Council on Tuesday, 7 October. Stats have shown that alcohol control zones have reduced alcohol related crime and disorder by more than 70 per cent. The list of roads in Strood are: Alma Place, Smith Street, Brompton Lane, St Mary's Road, Canal Road, Station Road, Charles Street, Commercial Road, Cuxton Road, Glanville Road, Grange Road, Grove Road, Gun Lane, High Street, Knight Road, North Street and Priory Road. The roads in Gillingham are: Balmoral Road, Linden Road, Britton Street, Livingstone Road, Brompton Road, Marlborough Road, Canterbury Street, Priestfield Road, Copenhagen Road, Railway Street, Dawes Street, Redfern Avenue, Duncan Road, Saxton Street, Ferndale Road, Stafford Street, Franklin Road, Toronto Road, Gillingham Road, Trafalgar Street, Gordon Road, Windsor Road, High Street and Jeffery Street. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement, Cllr Rehman Chishti said: “Alcohol control zones have increased community safety and improved the environment. These zones are not intended to stop people enjoying themselves, but to ensure everyone has a pleasant environment and Medway is a safer place. "The safety of local residents is paramount and alcohol control zones are just one aspect of the council's community safety programme. Medway Council will ensure this area of fully enforced." Inspector Simon Alland who is responsible for neighbourhood policing in Gillingham said: "This is a positive move that follows extensive consultation with retailers. The alcohol control zones are about making Medway an even safer place and further extending its appeal to visitors. "Prior to the introduction of such zones in other areas we have received reports of people drinking in the streets and acting anti-socially and now we are able to stop them and confiscate their alcohol. "The control zones are an additional tool that allow us to improve an area. We will continue to use other tools already in existence, such as CCTV and high profile police patrols, so that we can monitor people's behaviour, intervene and prevent situations from escalating. "I am confident that by continuing to work with our partners, traders and local people we are making a positive difference and maximising the use of our resources."