Have a say on plan for booze ban

A section fo the designated town centre area
A section fo the designated town centre area

Council bosses are closer to calling time on street drinking in Boston with the introduction of a booze ban.

At a meeting of Boston Borough Council’s cabinet on Wednesday, members voted to make recommendations to full council to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) early next year.

As reported in last week’s Boston Standard, new police powers which came into force recently mean officers will be better equipped to tackle street drinkers and can prosecute repeat offenders.

If the ban goes ahead, on-the-spot fines can be issued by police and council officers to those who fail to comply with requests to stop drinking.

Coun Stephen Woodliffe, portfolio holder for community safety, said: “Drinking alcohol in our town will not be tolerated, it is not acceptable to me, and more importantly, it’s not acceptable to our residents.”

From this Friday, to November 30, the council will be consulting on the proposals. On December 1, full council will consider the responses and vote whether to introduce a PSPO in the town, in the red area as marked on the map (pictured).

l Views or comments can be posted to: PSPO Consultation, Community Safety Team, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR or emailed to community.safety@boston.gov.uk (head the email ‘PSPO Consultation’).