Despite strong protects from SCCRAG on behalf of residents and local businesses, the City Council Licensing Sub-Committee on 26-01-2017 granted a licence for a 6th alcohol outlet in 400 yards of West Street, which now becomes the alcohol epicentre of the city!
Representatives of Licensing told the meeting that is is the responsibility of the police to control the extreme anti-social behaviour caused by excessive alcohol on West Street. SCCRAG disagreed; this is a problem for EVERYONE to address, including the people handing out the licences!
When the previous (5th) licence was granted in June 2016, at our prompting the chair of licensing committee promised an investigation into whether a Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) should be introduced. Nothing happened for six months, but in January 2017 work has begun …at last!
The photo above is an example of the alcohol problems on West Street. Taken outside the Department for Work & Pensions, Rockingham House, 123 West Street on Friday, 16 December 2016 @ 17:07hrs it shows spilled alcohol being licked off the pavement by an inebriated alcoholic.
Will the City Council do something to control this? SCCRAG is determined to get a three-year chaotic problem sorted.