Extend booze-free zone!

PUBLISHED: 12:46 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 26 October 2009

Based on Ordnance Survey mapping. © Crown copyright Licence: AM44/08 Council licence: LA100019547 2007

Based on Ordnance Survey mapping. © Crown copyright Licence: AM44/08 Council licence: LA100019547 2007

PLANS for an alcohol-free zone have been so welcomed by residents they want the area it will cover extended, writes Kelly-Ann Kiernan. A massive area of Hatfield now looks set to be included, with the railway station and an area towards the Galleria added

PLANS for an alcohol-free zone have been so welcomed by residents they want the area it will cover extended, writes Kelly-Ann Kiernan.

A massive area of Hatfield now looks set to be included, with the railway station and an area towards the Galleria added.

The new restriction zone will be cleared of drunks acting antisocially who will have their booze confiscated.

Although it will not be an offence to drink - everyone must comply with accredited officers.

Not only police, but street wardens, Pcsos and university security staff will all have the power to take alcohol.

Residents and businesses in the new areas will receive consultation letters from Welwyn Hatfield Council in February and will have the opportunity to respond to the proposed scheme.

The zone (outlined in red) is expected to come into force in March.

Richard Smith, chairman of the Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Partnership said: "Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hatfield Town Council and Welwyn Hatfield Council have listened to the suggestions of residents and shopkeepers in the centre of Hatfield and are happy to extend the proposed area to meet many of the points raised.

"However, it is important to get the views of the people living and working in this new area, hence the additional consultation.

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