Brockley North's Drinking Habit

At the end of last year, residents living in and around a large area surrounding part of Lewisham Way were asked their thoughts on whether the area should be a Drinking Control Zone, or DCZ.

"In a drinking control zone a police officer can require a person to hand over open containers of alcohol, such as cans or bottles. Once warned, if a person refuses to comply they can be arrested. The maximum fine is £500."

The Council's idea being that this should cut down on anti-social behaviour revolving around some off-licenses and takeaways in the designated area, and generally stop undesirables loitering in public places, such as the Memorial Gardens. The roads affected can be seen in full on the council's website.

The DCZ has now been approved, and will be put in place on the 1st April (no joke) initially for six months, after which the scheme will be reviewed with the Safer Neighbourhood Team and local community groups. How rigorously the DCZ area will be enforced is yet to be seen, but best tell your mates not to have that Stella on the way to the party.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

..tell him to have a smoke instead - he can probably pick up some nice Skunk on his way

Anonymous said...

When the firct DCZ's were introduced many drinkers moved on before they came into affect not being sure how it would operate.

Initial there was a lot of activity by the various services including an outreach programme to wheen drinkers away from the cans.

That lasted about 3 months, the drinkers have drifted back into the area but not in their old haunts.

patrick1971 said...

Good job too; I don't know what it is about that parade of shops on Lewisham Way but it's a very threatening environment. I work at the Celia Hammond Animal Shelter and every time I go there I experience aggressive begging and people just hanging around looking threatening. If this zone does something to move that element on, all to the good.

Anonymous said...

Absolute waste of time. You need police officers on the street in the first place to enforce the law and I dont think I have ever seen any in the 5 years that I have lived in Brockley.

Anonymous said...

here, here..

ElijahBailey said...

I see police all the time because they park at the end of my road to get takeaway.

Anonymous said...

Patrick1971, if you work at Celia Hammond could you convince the owner that a clean up of the shop front may also go a long way to creating an atmosphere of wellbeing.

Kate said...

I saw a couple of coppers on patrol around Hilly Fields Crescent yesterday afternoon.
Not one of the local crime hotspots as far as I know, but perhaps they were en route elsewhere ...

Tom said...

I've seen police on horses in Upper Brockley Road. That was a weird one.

ElijahBailey said...

I've also seen plastics on mopeds round New X which is a brilliantly ridiculous sight. Not exactly the most awe inspiring vehicle to tackle crime with.

"A Vespa! A Vespa! My kingdom for a Vespa!"

patrick1971 said...

Re Celia Hammond shop front - what do you mean exactly by "tidying it up"? (Sorry don't mean to sound aggressive, just interested.) I'm just a humble volunteer and I know the shopfront looks a bit down at heel, but I think it's a case of them operating on very low margins and the money just isn't there to do the shop front up. Well, not without being unable to help fewer homeless cats, and you wouldn't want that, would you? :-)

Trixie said...

Argghhh! What is the matter with everyone on this site recently? You live in LONDON! why do you expect everthing to be rainbows and flowers?
I have NEVER felt threatened or nervous walking down any of the roads in this zone (my house is in it and I have lived in this area for the best part of 25 years).
There will always be people hanging around who I wouldn't want to stop and make friends with but they don't bother me and I don't bother them. Why can't everyone else do the same? "people hanging around looking threatening" is not the same as being threatened! And I never saw a beggar on that bit of Lewisham Way until the Tescos opened... And (rant almost over, promise) the Celia Hammond building has looked like that for 20 years, to the point where I wouldn't even take a homeless cat in there in case it caught something. The PDSA in New Cross manages to not be a TOTAL eyesore!

Anonymous said...

It's been a while since the DCZ was introduced. Want to know how effective it has been? There are often more than 20 people drinking alcohol along the Parade of shops-has been the case almost since it was introduced. It has been totally ineffective BECAUSE it has NEVER been enforced. Perhaps the Council expects local residents to enforce it?

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