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City of York Council extend Alcohol Restriction Zone

City of York Council has extended its Alcohol Restriction Zone (ARZ) in the city centre to encompass the whole area within the city wall, plus the railway station, following a city-wide consultation and as part of ongoing work to improve York’s night time economy.

The decision session last night (22 January) came about following concern about the growing trend of known street drinkers and others purchasing alcohol from off licences – including the growing number of smaller off-licensed premises – and consuming it in the street between visiting bars and pubs where alcohol can be more expensive.

Support for the extension has come from North Yorkshire Police, British Transport Police, businesses, residents and others represented by the Alcohol, Violence and Night-time Economy Group (AVANTE), including York’s Street Angels, York Hospital, councillors, residents and the council’s Public Health, Environmental Protection and Trading Standards teams. 

Even though street drinking is more evident during daylight hours, the introduction of the ARZ contributes to the council’s ongoing work to improve York’s night time economy which includes revitalising the early evening period between 5–7pm while also addressing issues the British Transport Police have with people consuming alcohol at York Railway Station.

Cllr Linsay Cunningham-Cross, Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, said: “We take seriously our responsibility to protect vulnerable people and to help build stronger communities. Through this action we are giving the police relevant powers to deal with anti-social behaviour and crime and disorder associated with the consumption of alcohol in public places. Everyone has a right to enjoy themselves but not at the expense of others and not by placing undue strain on the emergency services.”

Jane Mowat, Director Safer York Partnership said: "We have worked closely with North Yorkshire Police to create a clearer boundary of where alcohol related to antisocial behaviour and disorder can be seized. This can only help to ensure York remains one of the safest cities in the UK."


Notes to Editors

The council’s five key priorities for 2011-2015 are:

  •  Create jobs and grow the economy
  • Get York moving
  • Build strong communities
  • Protect vulnerable people
  • Protect the environment

 The council’s cabinet member for Crime and Stronger Communities is Cllr Linsay Cunningham-Cross on 07716 519694

For further information please contact: 

Megan Rule

Communications Officer

City of York Council

Tel: 01904 552017

Fax: 01904 551064

Mob/out of hours: 07767318082


DATE: 23 January 2014