Support for booze ban with street drinking linked to people feeling less safe in Boston

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Feedback from almost 1,000 residents on priorities for fighting crime and improving community safety in 2015 shows support for Boston’s planned booze ban.

Drinking in public and associated issues were highlighted as being among the major concerns of residents in Boston borough in a East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership survey.

In Boston a quarter of residents are most worried about being a victim of anti-social behaviour.

Littering, and drinking in public places are issues that residents believe to be a big problem. The new Public Space Protection Order being introduced in January aims to address the street drinking issue with hopes for a knock-on effect for litter offences.

A quarter of respondents feel less safe than they did 12 months ago. This was again linked to seeing people drinking in public which can be intimidating. The partnership hopes that the new PSPO will also help to make people feel safer over the coming months.

Councillor Stephen Woodliffe, portfolio holder for community safety at Boston Borough Council, said: “It is encouraging to know that so many of our residents took part in the survey. We really value their comments and they can be assured that we really are guided by what they have told us.

“In particular, it is refreshing to see that so many younger people have given their views. Concerns in Boston regarding drinking in public places and littering demonstrate that the council has been correct in pushing ahead to be among the first in the country to introduce tough new rules governing street drinking.”

The priorities will be agreed at a meeting of the East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership in February 2015.

A report containing the survey results is available at www.boston.gov.uk