New rules about drinking alcohol on the street in Aberdare and Pontypridd Town Centres will come into force from September, to tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.

Promoted by the Calling Time on Street Drinking campaign, a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) will come into force on September 1, 2018. It will introduce alcohol-free streets in Aberdare and Pontypridd, and specified surrounding areas, to increase the friendly and welcoming nature of our Town Centres for residents and visitors.

The PSPO will re-dedicate the whole of Rhondda Cynon Taf as a Controlled Drinking Zone, and authorised Council and police officers will continue to request any person stops drinking and surrender alcohol if they are causing, or are likely to cause, anti-social behaviour.

The rules will be strengthened in Aberdare and Pontypridd, where drinking alcohol on the street will be banned within defined Town Centre boundaries.

These new rules were brought forward by the Council after the 2016/17 crime perception survey as part of the RCT Community Safety Partnership. Almost a third of participants labelled alcohol as the single-biggest contributor to crime and disorder in Aberdare and Pontypridd – a viewpoint was strengthened by the consultation for the PSPO in early 2018.

 

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