‘We will stop street drinking’

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Doubts a plan to tackle street drinking in Spalding will succeed are unfounded, according to South Holland District Council.

Safer Spalding, a partnership between police, Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce, Trading Standards and South Holland District Council, has been launched to crack down on the effects of on-street drinking.

Supporters hope a limit on sales of single beer cans will hit street drinkers financially, having to buy alcohol in bulk.

But shopkeepers and Guardian readers claimed the amount of shops allowed to sell alcohol in Spalding is the real problem, leaving the town stained by incidents of crime, disorder and vandalism.

A spokesperson for South Holland District Council said: “We acknowledge comments from retailers and residents following the launch of Safer Spalding.

“In terms of the number of off licences in the town, we have previously looked at a cumulative impact policy to control applications.

“Legal evidence we received suggested that such an initiative was not necessary, however we continue to monitor the situation.

“We are confident that the Safer Spalding campaign will have a positive impact, just as similar schemes have succeeded in other parts of the country. We are determined to continue to tackle issues associated with street drinking.”