Alcohol availability survey for Public Health, Medway Council

Alcohol availability survey for Public Health, Medway Council

Survey Closure Date – 30th November 2016

In some areas, the high number of places selling alcohol or providing late night refreshment, such as takeaways, can lead to problems of nuisance, disorder and anti-social behaviour outside or near to licensed premises.

Following several applications for new off licences in the Chatham High Street area recently, evidence has shown that in some areas’ where there are a lot of shops that sell alcohol, as well as pubs and clubs, there are a lot of alcohol related problems, such as crime and disorder and anti social behaviour. Several areas in Medway, such as Gillingham, Chatham and Luton, are of concern.

I am asking Medway residents to provide evidence of any alcohol related issues they may have in their areas so we can ask the Licensing Committee to agree to a policy to deal with these problems. This is called a cumulative impact policy and allows the council, under certain circumstances, to refuse alcohol licenses in the areas where these alcohol related problems occur. I’ve provided a link to a paper which fully explains what a cumulative impact policy is and what it can achieve.

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7269/CBP-7269.pdf

The issues may include the following:

  • Street drinking and associated anti social behaviour
  • Other public drunkenness
  • Alcohol related public nuisance, such as litter, public urination and defecating
  • Alcohol related crime
  • Underage drinking

Any alcohol related concerns are relevant, so these are only examples of the type of problems that may be experienced. I have attached a link to a survey (below) and it would be very useful if you could take a few minutes of your time to fill it out as fully as possible. This is your chance to let the council know about the problems you have in your area which are directly as a result of alcohol. It would be helpful if any evidence could be as specific as possible with regards to incidents.

https://www.medway.gov.uk/apps/surveys/PH/alcohol-survey

Many thanks

Health Improvement Project Coordinator (Alcohol)

Public Health Directorate

Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent. ME4 4TR

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