Owners of Eastern European off-licences in Spalding hate to see people drinking in the streets just as much as residents.
Some even agree with local pub owner and councillor Pete Williams that a voluntary code of conduct to deter the purchase of single cans of beer or cider should be made compulsory.
Street drinkers should be fined £100. People can still buy four cans and drink them in the streetBarham Mahmoud – Delicja
As street drinking remains a concern for many residents, the Lincolnshire Free Press visited six off-licences to see whether they had signed up to the voluntary code of conduct, brought in following last year’s East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership survey.
Five said they had – Spalding Market in Westlode Street and Station Street, Lajkonik in Westlode Street, Delicja in Westlode Street and Nasza Biendronka in the Sheepmarket.
Zagros Abdullah, owner of International Food at the former Station Gates Hotel which opened last week after some residents said there were enough off-licences in the town, said: “I don’t like seeing people street drinking. I would be happy to speak to the council and police about signing up.”
Barham Mahmoud, owner of Delicja, said: “Street drinkers should be fined £100. People can still buy four cans and drink them in the streets.”
Saman Ahman Mahmood owns Nasza Biendronka. He said: “When I opened 20 or 30 people a day tried to buy single cans. I was happy to sign up – you can’t buy them here.”
* Pub owner Coun Pete Williams is urging people to have their say about street drinking in the new East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership community safety survey, which went live yesterday.
Under ‘You Said, We Did’, action taken since last year includes ‘Safezones’ to educate people about safe drinking levels and deter violence, as well as the ‘voluntary code of conduct’. Coun Williams said: “It should be a compulsary code of conduct. Twenty-six pubs a week are still shutting.”
Complete the survey to win £30 in high street vouchers at https://www.snapsurveys.com/ wh/s.asp?k=143764102833