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Plans To Stop People Getting Drunk In Cambridge
New 'public spaces protection orders' (PSPOs) have been agreed in principle for Mill Road Cemetery, Petersfield Green and the front garden of Ditchburn Place in Cambridge.
The aim is to tackle anti-social behaviour resulting from a minority involved in street drinking to excess.
Cambridge City Council has now launched a consultation on implementing the PSPOs in these three locations near Mill Road before the problems these spaces regularly experience recur this summer.
They would enable the council to impose conditions, such as giving local police extra powers for prohibiting street drinking, for the three areas.
Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, said: "Elderly residents of Ditchburn Place, parents wanting to use the Petersfield Green play park, and cemetery visitors have seen repeated problems with street drinking that has resulted in anti-social behaviour in these three areas near to Mill Road.
"We believe that using PSPOs will help to make a difference and tackle these problems so we are now consulting local residents over the next few weeks with a view to taking firm action.
"We are determined to put a stop to the unacceptable behaviour of a small number of individuals that causes so much upset for those living and working nearby and we will continue to work closely with the police to deal with it."
But opposition Councillors, the Liberal Democrats say the City Council shouldn't be introducing a 'blanket ban' on alcohol.
They claim the plans 'do not sufficiently target at the real problem and would lead to people enjoying a social drink unsure whether they were breaking the law.'
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