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Controlled Drinking Zone is coming to Kings Cross

February 8, 2010

The controlled drinking zone

21st January 2010

Drinking in public will soon be banned in an area that includes the southern end of Caledonian Road. But a public consultation must show there is support for the measure before it comes into force.

Known in the jargon as a “Designated Public Place Order”, the exclusion zone stretches from Clerkenwell up to Kings Cross. It was first proposed in order to combat a particular problem south of Pentonville Road – especially aggressive street drinkers in the small park known as Vernon Square which is at the junction of Penton Rise and Kings Cross Road. It will also stop teenage tourists from the nearby “Clink” backpacker’s hostel and the Travelodge hotel who currently congregate and drink in Percy Circus.

Fearing that drinkers might simply move across Pentonville Road, Labour Councillors successfully pressed for the exclusion zone to stretch further north to include parts of Caledonian and Barnsbury Wards – and to protect Grimaldi Park.

It also means that a particular problem around the bottom of Caledonian Road can be addressed. Street drinkers have been congregating in two spots – just on the corner of Omega Place and Caledonian Road; and outside the Tesco store on the corner of Caledonian Road and Caledonia Street.

A public consultation on the exclusion zone will start shortly. In the meantime please contact us if you support this move or would like further information.

UPDATE (1st March 2010)

The consultation period is now underway – a public notice has been placed in the Islington Gazette and the period for representations ends on the 8/4/10. The Council will also send a leaflet out to all households in the area for a more local consultation to ensure a thorough representation of local views on the proposal.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Sweeney permalink
    February 25, 2010 3:57 pm

    Bravo. Bravo. Bravo. This is the best news I have heard in a long time. I fully support this idea and policy and would like to see this extended to other problem areas like York Way especially.
    My familyand I are tired of having to pass aggressive and hostile looking persons loitering in small and large groups on council pavements outside clubs and pubs, as if it is an extension of the pub itself!
    Its dangerous, intimidating and frightening to have to walk past drinkers, especially late at night.
    In America, it is against the law to be seen drinking alcohol ouside on public pavements in the street. Can we not follow their excellent example and make our pavements a safer place to walk along, no matter what the time of the day or evening it is.
    Mike
    Kings Cross local resident

  2. March 1, 2010 1:14 pm

    The consultation period is now underway – a public notice has been placed in the Islington Gazette and the period for representations ends on the 8/4/10. The Council will also send a leaflet out to all households in the area for a more local consultation to ensure a thorough representation of local views on the proposal.

  3. Clerkenwell resident permalink
    July 25, 2010 10:56 pm

    Mike Sweeney will be disappointed if he thinks the CDZ prevents people from drinking outside of pubs. The CDZ legislation is clearly aimed at tackling anti-social street drinkers, not those who are at licensed premises, drinking responsibly, who happen to have popped outside for a cigarette with a glass in their hand!

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