We’re currently reviewing our powers to control anti-social street drinking, and we want to hear your views. For the past 10 years, the following six areas in Dacorum have been covered by ‘designated public place orders':
- Berkhamsted and Northchurch
- Durrants Hill Road and
Frogmore End, Apsley
- Evans Wharf, Apsley
- Hemel Hempstead town
centre (including the Old Town and Gadebridge Park)
Within these areas, the police and accredited council officers have extra powers to stop people from consuming alcohol in streets and other public places – anyone drinking alcohol will commit a criminal offence if they fail to stop drinking and surrender their alcohol when asked to do so, and may receive a fixed penalty notice or face prosecution.
Following a change in anti-social behaviour laws, we are now required to review these orders and decide if there is enough evidence of ongoing issues to justify keeping the restrictions.
To help us carry out this review, we would like to hear from anyone who has witnessed or been affected by street drinking in or around the areas listed above. You can do this by completing our licensing survey:
Fill out the survey
The deadline for responses is Friday 5 May 2017, and we will make a final decision on whether to keep any or all of the restrictions later this year.