In response to a number of complaints from residents and on the advice of our Safer Neighbourhood sergeant the whole of Northfield ward is going to become a Controlled Drinking Zone. This is an enabling power which means that the police have the power to remove drink from people and ask them to disperse if they are causing a nuisance. They will have the discretion not to bug families, couples or even groups of young people who are quietly enjoying themselves and not bothering anyone else.
Recently there have been reports of problem drinking in many of our open space, including Bramley Road Open Space, Blondin Park and Lammas Park. In addition there have been reports of problems with people buying take-aways and then hanging out in places like Derwent Passage (the steps next to the Spinning Wheel).
A report will be submitted to Regulatory Committee for consideration when it sits on 28th January 2008. It would then come in to force around one month later following the fulfilment of statutory publicity.