Help needed to secure new powers to tackle street drinking in Sheffield

Business owners and residents are seeking new powers to help curb street drinking in West Street
Business owners and residents are seeking new powers to help curb street drinking in West Street
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Campaigners seeking to tackle street drinking by limiting the number of off-licences in Sheffield have called for the public's help.

Business owners and residents in the city centre want Sheffield Council to introduce a 'cumulative impact policy' in West Street, which would make it easier for councillors to stop new off-licences opening in the area.

Sheffield City Centre Residents' Action Group (SCCRAG), which is leading the campaign, has now asked people to submit evidence of antisocial behaviour by street drinkers to strengthen its case for the new measure.

A sixth off-licence on West Street, which campaigners say is plagued by street drinkers, was approved by councillors in January.

A cumulative impact policy would put the onus on anyone applying for an alcohol licence in the neighbourhood to prove doing so would not add to problems there.

At present the council must grant a licence unless it can be proved that doing so is likely to cause trouble.

If you can help, email SCCRAG@gmail.com.

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