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Zone reprieved

Posted on January 19 2012 at 11:01:22

Alvechurch’s alcohol-free zone has been reprieved amid confusion over its legality, the parish council heard.

The licensing committee of Bromsgrove District Council had been asked to consider withdrawing the zone because of changes in legislation.

But after hearing there had been no consultation with the Alvechurch PACT (Partners and Communities Together), the committee decided to keep the zone, which covers much of the village centre, while officers try to figure out what the legislation changes mean.

Alvechurch parish councillors Andy Humphries and David Matthews, who attended the licensing committee meeting, told colleagues: “The zone has been retained.”

“It is being kept for an open-ended period while everything is reviewed,” Coun Humphries told the parish council. “It became very clear straight away that there was a lot of confusion and I mentioned the fact that PACT had not been consulted.

“They said we can’t get rid of this, we will have to retain it, pending the officers checking the local situation and looking at new signs because the current signs are not legal.

“Alvechurch is the first parish where they were looking into this, so it caused them a lot of confusion,” added Coun Humphries.

“It was a classic combination of officers not realising the legislation has changed and the legislation being very confusing.

“I said that unless the message is as clear a message as when [district council leader] Roger Hollingworth and a policeman introduced it, then they must keep it.”

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