Trade calls for disorder zone review

17 July, 2007

Alcohol disorder zone legislation is "fundamentally flawed" and should be reviewed, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

The WSTA has joined forces with the British Retail Consortium, British Beer and Pub Association and Bar, Entertainment and Dance Association to call on the Home Office to delay implementation of ADZs and review the need for the legislation.

The plans, which form part of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, would see businesses - including off-licences - forced to pay towards policing in council-designated troublespots.

WSTA chief executive Jeremy Beadles said: "ADZs are fundamentally flawed and the policy issues are still not resolved. The government has told us they need to revisit the guidance again and we are still no clearer as to how ADZs will work in practice.

"We have today called on the Home Office to review the need for this legislation which was drawn up in haste before the last general election and before the Licensing Act was implemented.

"The industry is committing itself to developing still further Business Improvement Districts which have already quadrupled since ADZs were first mooted. BIDs are now playing a major part in transforming many of our urban centres. We do not think that there is any place for such regressive legislation such as ADZs and believe that the need has passed even before they have been implemented."

The WSTA has also appointed a new policy adviser. Jo McDonald joins the team today and will support John Corbet-Milward, head of technical and international affairs.

In her role, McDonald will be responsible for all WSTA spirits work, managing the Imported Spirits Committee and will work on standards.

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