Controlled drinking zone across Merton comes into effect after public consultation


Police will be able to confiscate alcohol from those acting disorderly in public.


By SWLondoner staff

Alcohol related anti-social behaviour in Merton should be reduced after a new borough-wide controlled drinking zone (CDZ) came into effect.

The CDZ means that police and community support officers will be able to confiscate alcohol from people who are acting in a disorderly manner in public.

The leader of Merton Council, Cllr Stephen Alambritis, said it was clear this is what residents want.

“The response from residents during the consultation was clear,” he said.

“They want Merton to clamp down on drinking-related anti-social behaviour – Merton is one of the safest boroughs in London and we want to keep it that way. The new CDZ gained overwhelming support at council when it was proposed last November.”

Chair of Merton Council’s licensing committee, Councillor David Simpson said: “A borough-wide Controlled Drinking Zone is simpler and better value for money than establishing zones in individual areas of the borough. We hope that the implementation of the CDZ will lead to fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour in our public spaces.”

Photo courtesy of ChrisGoldNY, with thanks.

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