The bill gives councils and the police powers to designate 'Alcohol Disorder Zones' and spells out how the pubs and clubs in these zones would be required to make a contribution towards the costs of dealing with it, under the 'polluter pays' principle.
'We would also welcome powers to ban known troublemakers from certain areas and to close down premises that consistently sell alcohol to under 18s.'
'Although much of the focus has been on policing, it's important not to overlook the costs to councils of cleaning up - the frequently serious acts of vandalism caused by binge drinkers all add up for the council taxpayer.'
'However, question marks remain over the detail of how the new levying system would work. It needs to take account of many different factors, including capacity and style of establishment, and it will need to be worked out in great detail with local communities and local authorities.'
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