‘No need’ for new booze law

PROPOSALS to look into extending drinking rules beyond Boston town centre are set to be rejected by the council – with officers saying data shows booze-fuelled problems are reducing.

Officers at Boston Borough Council said police figures prove there has not been an increase in alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour since the designated public place order (DPPO) was introduced in 2007, suggesting instances were reducing, rather than simply moving elsewhere.

The authority’s cabinet was set to discuss the order at its meeting this morning (Wednesday), with officers recommending councillors do nothing but note the police research and defer their decision on approving a public consultation into the DPPO.

In a letter to the council accompanying the police figures, force researcher Steve Wilson said: “It is recommended that the DPPO is not extended outside its current limits as there is no recorded displacement issues.”

He added that the order, which provides police with additional powers to deal with drinkers when they have concern for anti-social behaviour, was a ‘proven tool in managing the safety of persons’ in the town centre.

Along with the information provided in the research, Andy Fisher, head of housing, property and communities for the authority, added that it would cost £8,000 for any extension of new area.

He added in the report that changes in Government legislation would make any changes to the DPPO ‘challenging’, adding: “We can conclude from the data in the analytical report and from the evidence given by Lincolnshire Police that the DPPO does help to ensure that street drinking issues in the town centre are being effectively managed.”