Borough-wide controlled drinking zone better value for money

Merton Council’s licensing committee has unanimously agreed that the implementation of a borough-wide Controlled Drinking Zone (CDZ) would be simpler and better value for money than establishing zones in individual areas of the borough.

A motion to consult with residents about implementing a CDZ across Merton will go to full council on 21 November.

Merton Council cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities Councillor Edith Macauley said: “There is appetite among many residents to have a CDZ throughout the borough to try and clamp down on drinking-related anti-social behaviour. Merton is one of the safest boroughs in London and we want to keep it that way.”

Chair of Merton Council’s licensing committee Councillor David Simpson said: “Following a report from Safer Merton looking at how a CDZ could most effectively be implemented, the committee unanimously agreed that the best way to forward would be to consult with residents about having a borough-wide CDZ. Such a scheme, I believe, would greatly help the police with tackling anti social behaviour which is a direct consequence of street drinking.”

The licensing committee report can be seen at: