Town centre street drinking ban now in force

The official launch of the new street drinking ban took place on Monday.Boston Borough Council leader Peter Bedford and Coun Stephen Woodliffe ceremoniously pour lager down the drain outside the Herbert Ingram Memorial. They are pictured with police, council representatives and Conservative parliamentary candidate Matt Warman.
The official launch of the new street drinking ban took place on Monday.Boston Borough Council leader Peter Bedford and Coun Stephen Woodliffe ceremoniously pour lager down the drain outside the Herbert Ingram Memorial. They are pictured with police, council representatives and Conservative parliamentary candidate Matt Warman.

The street drinking ban has been officially launched in Boston - making it an offence to drink alcohol in a designated area of the town centre.

Boston Borough Council leader Coun Peter Bedford ceremonially poured lager down the drain to mark the start the ban this morning.

Two rounds of public consultation revealed overwhelming support for introduction of the new public space protection order (PSPO).

Anyone now found drinking alcohol in the designated area can be issued with a fine if they do not stop drinking or surrender the drink when requested to do so by police or a council officer.

Coun Bedford told The Standard: “Hopefully it should be the answer to a lot of the problems in Boston, in the Market Place and particulary Central Park and family areas like that.”

Those who do not comply could be given fines of up to £500, with repeat offender potentially facing a ban from the town centre.

Signs explaining ban have now gone up at entrance points to the enforcement area, which includes current drinking ‘hot-spots’ - the Market Place, Red Lion Street, Town Bridge, West Street, High Street, the bus station and Central Park.