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Tough crackdown on alcohol use in Wisbech

Tough crackdown on alcohol use in Wisbech

Published by KLFM
5:00am 28th February 2020.

After concerns from the public about drinking in the street, Fenland District Council is pushing for better methods of controlling the use of alcohol in Wisbech town centre.


A Licensing Compliance Action Plan is being put together by the council that will target venues or retail outlets that breach their alcohol licensing conditions.

This could mean by selling booze to drunk or underage customers.

The plan will also push for better communication with the public.

The Council will also keep engaging with vulnerable individuals liable to street drinking through services such as the Homeless Day HUB in Wisbech run by homeless charity the Ferry Project - it provides specialist support for rough sleepers in the area.

Fenland District Council recently secured more than £340,000 worth of funding from the government's Rough Sleeping Initiative to keep services like this going.

Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Licensing, Sam Clark, said:

"The policy was initially introduced in response to calls for action to solve alcohol-related issues. 

"Where residents feel that actions are not effective, it is important we are able to adapt our approach in an agile and meaningful way.

We need to push forward with other methods to address the concerns, including looking at enforcement to ensure existing licensees are complying with their licences."

Anyone who suspects a licenced establishment of breaching their licence conditions is urged to contact the Council's Licensing team on 01354 65432, by email at: licensing@fenland.gov.uk or to report it online here.