Conservatives press B&NES to back ‘No Street Drinking Zone’ for Midsomer Norton

Conservative councillors have given their backing to calls for a ‘No Street Drinking Zone’ to be introduced in Midsomer Norton, and are calling on B&NES Council to throw its weight behind the plans.The proposal for what is formally known as a ‘Designated Public Place Order’ in Midsomer Norton has been put forward by Midsomer Norton Town Council, and local police have already indicated their support for the plan.

The Order would give police the power to ask anybody drinking on the street within the zone to give up their alcohol.  It would not outlaw all alcohol consumption in the area, and parts of the area already licensed, such as tables outside pubs, would be excluded.

Now Midsomer Norton B&NES councillor and Conservative Shadow Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Michael Evans, is calling on Liberal Democrat-run B&NES Council to give its support to the idea.  Councillor Evans has tabled a question, to be answered at the Cabinet’s next public meeting on the 12th September, asking that the Cabinet commit to providing the necessary officer support to enable the Council to make the order.

Councillor Michael Evans (Cons, Midsomer Norton North) commented:

“The creation of a ‘no street drinking zone’ in Midsomer Norton would give local police greater powers to tackle alcohol-related antisocial behaviour.  It is something which has the backing of the Town Council, local police and local residents.  Police would be unlikely to approach those consuming alcohol in a peaceable and unthreatening way, but it would give them the power to confiscate alcohol from those causing a problem.

“Now we want B&NES Council to throw its weight behind the plan and implement the necessary Public Place Order. Conservatives are therefore calling on the B&NES Lib Dem Cabinet Member to commit to providing the officer support necessary for this Order to be made.”