City of York Council have announced that an Alcohol Restriction Zone will be in place in York city centre from tomorrow under plans to tackle drink-fuelled disorder in the city.
The Restriction zone, also known as a Designated Public Place Order, encompasses the entire confines of the city walls and the train station. The move reorganises 20 existing no-alcohol zones into a single larger one.
Anyone seen in possession of alcohol and believed to be reasonably drunk, can have their drinks confiscated and poured away by police. There is also the possibility of fines for those in possession of alcohol within the zone and repeat offenders could face arrest.
YUSU President Kallum Taylor said via a YUSU Blog: ” If you want to make sure you don’t have to fork out a hefty fine for drinking your can on the way in, finish them well BEFORE you go anywhere near the city centre or train station, and do NOT take any alcohol out of a pub, bar or club.”
The move has been welcomed my multiple groups including York Hospital, North Yorkshire Police, British Transport Police and York’s Street Angels.
Vanbrugh JCRC Chair Michael Duncan said of the move: “Whilst most students probably won’t be particularly happy about not being able to drink on their way into town, any measure that makes the city centre a safer place for students at night is probably a good thing. Whether this measure actually has that effect, though, remains to be seen.”
Halifax CSA Chair Loussin Pilikian also commented: “I feel sad that arz in Yorkshire was inpspired by reducing money to small off licence businesses and increasing money to bars and clubs as opposed to the recent events in york concerning the young adults and students that have gone missing.
The unanimous vote was ratified by Full Council on Thursday.