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Whitby's Alcohol Impact Zone Could Stay

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Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 11:12am 26th November 2018.

Tougher curbs on new drinking establishments in Whitby could remain following a review by Scarborough Borough Council.

The authority has been consulting on the borough’s Cumulative Impact Zones (CIZs) with a proposal to drop the scheme entirely from Whitby.

The council said the recommendation was based on evidence supplied by North Yorkshire Police, however, given a public outcry councillors are now being given the chance to keep the zone. A CIZ makes it harder for an applicant to open a new drinking establishment in the area covered by the zone.

On Monday (3rd) Scarborough Council’s Licensing Committee will meet to assess the public response to the consultation.

A report, written by the council’s senior licensing officer, Mark Heaton, said that the council could justify keeping Whitby’s CIZ. The Scarborough CIZ will also be retained.

He wrote:

“The statistical data and [crime] hot-spot mapping in respect to the Whitby area provides a picture of steady improvement with significantly less reported crimes and occurrences compared to the Scarborough area.

As such North Yorkshire Police made a recommendation that the Whitby CIZ be rescinded.

However, in addition to the evidence provided by North Yorkshire Police a strong response was received to the public consultation which raised the following key concerns: A significant under-reporting of offences including anti-social behaviour and violent crime; a number of lower level unreported occurrences taking place within the existing area but outside the key hot-spots of Baxtergate, Wellington Road and Langbourne Road [and] existing and excessive public drunkenness both during the night and daytime economies.”

In total, more than 250 people responded to the consultation on Whitby alone, with 79.9% of them stating the CIZ should not be removed.

Mr Heaton added:

“Due to the strong response received it is therefore considered justifiable to retain the current CIZ for Whitby with a view that a further, in-depth analysis and consultation be undertaken within the next three year review period.”

In asking for the CIZ to be removed North Yorkshire Police pointed to the reduction in crimes in Whitby.

When the policy was introduced in 2006 there were some 200 reported violent incidents, compared to 79 in 2016/17.

As part of the review, Falsgrave Road in Scarborough will not be added to the town’s CIZ following responses from the public.

The recommendations of the licensing committee will go to the council’s cabinet and full council meetings for approval next year.

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