Will Sheffield ban alcohol in parks? Councillor issues statement after Endcliffe Park chaos

Alcohol will not be banned at Sheffield city parks as long as the public are well behaved and not causing any problems, said senior councillor Shaffaq Mohammed.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 11:17 am

He said there are currently no plans for the city to ban the consumption of alcoholic drinks at the parks like what has been enforced in Nottingham.

Nottingham has banned drinking alcohol in parks on Tuesday after scenes of large gatherings emerged on the first day of the rule-of-six being reintroduced.

Similarly, Endcliffe Park saw huge piles of rubbish left behind after huge crowds spent the day at the park on the hottest day of the year.

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He explained: "I'm not a party pooper as you'd call it. I don't want to pour cold water on anything. If people are well behaved and not causing any problems, we should be okay.

"I've seen pictures of Nottingham, they were concerned about people dancing, partying and hugging each other, but we have not had any reports of similar incidents here.

"So probably at the moment, no but should it become more of a problem, we may have well to."

He said the park is currently being supervised by the park officers and the police who hold the key to the park.

The rubbish clear up at Endcliffe Park. Picture by Chris Etchells

"If people do decide and stay at the park late, they will restrict the access by closing the gate. If there are people staying late, bringing their car down, music blaring in the carpark with beer bottles - that can cause problems," he said.

He said the council have given the police keys so they can monitor and restrict access to the carpark.

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