YOUR letter referring to alcohol exclusion zones (Express June 10) suggests the public money is not being well spent in creating alcohol exclusion zones. I disagree. We have introduced these zones across the district and find they are are playing a significant part in reducing anti-social behaviour, making streets and neighbourhoods safer for residents.
Sadly much of the drinking in the streets that we see falls far short of the peaceable consumption of a legal substance suggested by your reader and is more commonly the cause of loud, noisy and often aggressive behaviour.
Exclusion zones can move problems elsewhere, but the council and police remain committed to tackling anti-social behaviour wherever it happens, delivering a clear message that people should respect each other, behave responsibly and work together to make the district safer for everyone.
Coun Maureen Cummings
Cabinet Member for