One year on - and still no Alcohol Disorder Zones
Published:  02 June, 2009

The government has confirmed that no police forces or local authorities have attempted to create Alcohol Disorder Zones.

Powers to create ADZs have been available for 12 months, giving police extra powers to deal with alcohol-fuelled problems and – controversially – for local authorities to charge retailers for the cost of dealing with disorder.

Critics have said ADZs are unfair on responsible retailers and could be used by authorities simply as a means of boosting revenue. Many have pointed out that local authorities would not want to risk damaging their night-time economies, and attracting bad publicity, by declaring an ADZ.

This week in the House of Commons, Home Office minister Alan Campbell confirmed to Liberal Democrat MP Alan Duncan that no proposals for ADZs had been registered since June 5 2008, the date in which they entered the legal framework.




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