Merton Council today gave the green light for a controlled drinking zone (CDZ) to be implemented in identified areas of Mitcham.
The new CDZ follows overwhelming public support for the measure which should reduce alcohol-related anti-social behaviour around the town.
The council is putting in place the final arrangements for the CDZ to be fully operational later this month. A public notice will be published in the press shortly after which the CDZ will come into effect and be enforceable. Residents will see signs going up around the zone notifying everyone of the new conditions regarding the consumption of alcohol in the designated area.
Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “We are committed to maintaining a borough that remains one of the safest in London. Implementing this controlled drinking zone is all about us listening to our residents’ concerns and taking action to address those concerns. Preventing anti-social behaviour as much as possible in our town centres has a major impact on our residents’ quality of life. Alcohol plays a significant part in the causes of unacceptable behaviour on many of the UK’s streets, which is why I am pleased that we have given the go-ahead for this controlled drinking zone.”