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Turn our town into a no-drinking zone to stop yobs causing us misery
6:10am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in Echo News
CALLS have been made to turnparts of Pitsea into a no-drinking zone following complaints about yobs and drunks plaguing parts of the town.
In recent weeks police have been called to reports of yobs causing a nuisance on Northlands Pavement near to the market and the Place – formerly Pitsea Leisure Centre.
Drunken gangs have also been hanging around the walkway – between the High Road and the bus stop leading through to the Place – making it intimidating for ordinary members of the public.
Now ward councillors for the area are calling on Basildon Council to turn the area into a nodrinking zone.
The complaints were heard at a meeating of the Pitsea Community Panel, where police spoke about the problems with drunks and also said the town had seen a rise in crime.
Now Labour councillors for the area Aidan McGurran, Gavin Callaghan, Keith Bobbin, Melissa McGeorge and the party’s parliamentary candidate Mike Le-Surf as well a Pitsea police, have written to Bala Mahendran – Basildon Council’s chief executive and chairman of the Basildon Community Safety Partnership – calling on him to turn the town into a no-go zone for boozers.
Mr McGurran said: “The Labour Party fully supports the call from residents and the police to make Pitsea a No Drinking Zone.
“We have acted on their request quickly, and have written to the chairman of the Basildon Community Safety Partnership, Bala Mehendren.
“My hope is that common sense prevails, a no-drinking zone is installed and then police officers will have the power to move drunks off of the streets in Pitsea. The levels of anti-social behaviour that we have seen in recent months have been unacceptable.”
Both Mr Callaghan and Mr Le- Surf blamed government cuts to frontline policing for rising levels of crime and antisocial behaviour.
A no-drinking zone was introduced in Basildon town centre in June 2011.
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