Members of the public and local councillors are now being consulted about new proposals to clamp down drinking in public areas and parks in Penarth and at other trouble-spots in the Vale of Glamorgan.
A proposed list of “Controlled Drinking Zones” in Penarth has been issued by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
The publication comes in the wake of a number of incidents in the last 12 months when marauding gangs of armed teenagers clashed in Station Appoach, Plymouth Road and at the Penarth Athletic Ground – where apparently a gang-fights are pre-arranged via social media.
On October 1 2015 diners in a restaurant and customers at wine bar in Station Approach were witnesses to a violent gang clash in which there was an alleged “stabbing” or face-slashing .
Another eyewitness – a PDN poster – reported that “There were eventually 8 police vehicles in attendance” and that “one young lad was arrested”. At the time South Wales Police said they had “no reports to date of such an incident” and deflected enquiries to British Transport Police. Its was later established that in fact there had been were 5 arrests carried out at the incident. One eyewitness said the incident involved between 20-40 youths of both sexes, and said there had been a “stabbing” or face-slashing incident in Station Approach .
On November 26th 2016 a gang of up to seven youths, some of whom were on bikes, had blocked the Victoria Road using traffic cones and steel scaffolding tubes stolen from a front garden .
The “intimidating” youths are said to have concealed themselves in the heavily wooded and dark square around All Saints Church . As cars stopped at the “road block” the youths are reported to have thrown what one eyewitness described as “large stones” at the cars.
The 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act of 2014 requires local authorities to make Public Space Protection orders if they’re satisfied that what’s going on in these places can – or will have – a detrimental effect on the quality of life in the locality.
The new legal orders would control the consumption of alcohol in all areas listed. The proposed “Controlled Drinking Zones” in Penarth – [perhaps they would be better called “controlled no-drinking zones”] are listed as follows:-
- Victoria Playing Fields
- All Saints Church (including the grounds)
- Victoria Square
- Windsor Gardens
- Pembroke Terrace Play Area
- Cwrt-y-Vil / Old Penarthians Recreation Ground
- St David’s Park / Cyres Field
- Alexandra Park (including the tennis court)
- The Kymin (including all grounds and the Pavilion shelter)
- Cogan Recreation Ground – including all play areas fields and the car park
- Windsor Road [ by which the list compilers mean Dingle Park]
The consultation on the list of venues is open until August 17th 2017 . Anyone can make a submission to the consultation on-line on http://www.valeofglamorgan/pspo or can send in their comments by email to consultation@vale of glamorgan.gov.uk
Submissions can also be made by letter to the Vale of Glamorgan Council or by telephone by ringing 01446700111