Prohibit Councils From Applying Blanket Alchol Bans

The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 allows councils to designate areas in which drinking alcohol in public is not a crime, but in which an offence is committed by refusing to cease drinking or refusing to surrender alcohol if requested by a police officer.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2001/ukpga_20010016_en_2#pt1-ch2-pb1-l1g12

However, several councils have abused this by labelling their entire territories as 'designated areas'.

The Act should be amended to ensure only legitimate hotspots are covered and that councils are limited both in the nature and size of the areas they can 'designate'.

In addition, the Act should be reviewed with a view to safeguarding civil liberties.

Why is this idea important?

The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 allows councils to designate areas in which drinking alcohol in public is not a crime, but in which an offence is committed by refusing to cease drinking or refusing to surrender alcohol if requested by a police officer.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2001/ukpga_20010016_en_2#pt1-ch2-pb1-l1g12

However, several councils have abused this by labelling their entire territories as 'designated areas'.

The Act should be amended to ensure only legitimate hotspots are covered and that councils are limited both in the nature and size of the areas they can 'designate'.

In addition, the Act should be reviewed with a view to safeguarding civil liberties.