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Council chiefs attack alcohol disorder zones

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Council chiefs have branded alcohol disorder zones as “costly, complicated and unwieldy”.

The Local Government Association and Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (Lacors) have identified a number of concerns about the proposals, which were given the green light in Parliament earlier this week.

A major concern identified is the costs involved in preparing and implementing an ADZ and the additional burdens involved in attempting to recover the costs. Under an 8-week rule for preparing an ADZ, if a licensee complies then the cost of preparing the ADZ cannot be recovered.

Question mark over costs

The rules are also unclear about who pays for monitoring noise standards, and a health and safety regulation while not only is there a 28-day consultation but the 8-week period along with a two month period before a council can suspend a license.

“We have always supported the ‘polluter pays’ principle when it comes to dealing with the costs associated with alcohol-related disorder,” a Lacors spokeswoman said.

She said the organisation had “serious misgivings” on costs and implementation, but committed to working with the Home Office to ensure council guidance was unambiguous.

ADZs have been touted for councils so that they can charge targeted bars and pubs to tackle anti-social behaviour involving alcohol.

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