Alcohol Consultation to Launch

A consultation about making the centre of Grays a “designated place” where drinking in public can lead to police action is being launched.

The Proposed Designated Public Places Order on alcohol consumption in Grays town centre and Grays Park would come into force at the start of December if it wins support in the consultation which starts on Monday, 14 September.

A map of the area covered by the proposed Order is available and takes in Grays Park; Grays town centre; Brooke Road, Eastern Way and London Road to Grovelands Way; and south of the railway line taking in Grays Parish Church, New Road and the council car parks, to Sherfield Road.

It means the area is one where the consumption of alcohol has been associated with disorder, nuisance or annoyance and where it may become an offence for anybody to drink alcohol after being required by a police officer not to do so.

The Order would also provide powers for the police to confiscate and dispose of any alcohol and any containers in anybody’s possession, and makes it an arrestable offence if anyone fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply.

Anybody wishing to see the map and take part in the consultation can do so online via Thurrock Council’s website (www.thurrock.gov.uk) and click on Consultations.

The consultation closes on 12th October 2009.

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