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Lack of action over alcohol issue under scrutiny

July 9, 2010 10:45 PM

The lack of action over the alcohol related problems in Pontypridd Town Centre is to come under scrutiny following pressure from Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillors.

In July 2008 they put a motion to the Council asking that a by law by introduced to restrict the consumption of alcohol in Ynysangharad Park and streets in the centre of the town. The motion was amended by the Labour group and referred to the RCT Community Safety Partnership Board for their consideration.

Since then nothing appears to have happened. Cllr Mike Powell who represents the Trallwn ward in which the Park falls is angry at the lack of movement

"I have on numerous occasions asked the Council Officer responsible for co-ordinating this what progress has been made. His response has been little more than flannel. A scheme was introduced in Penrhiwceiber, with it seems none of the hoops that have been presented to jump through here.

There has been talk of an order of some sort being imposed in the Park, but more discussions apparently need to take place regarding the rest of the town. These discussions, I have been informed, are taking place amongst the 'Pontypridd Regeneration Group' which is an Officer only group that Councillors are not part of.

It seems strange that in what is claimed to be a Member led Authority such groups have responsibility for these issues. I believe it is one that local Councillors should play a part in.

My colleague Cllr Farr and I have now called in the matter to the Crime and Disorder Scrutiny panel in an effort to try and make progress. If there are legitimate reasons why the Police or other bodies think the idea is impractical or unworkable then at least come clean and make a decision - openly."

The call in will be the first of its kind made in Wales since new legislation made it the duty of Councils to set up these scrutiny panels last October.

Cllr Farr who represents the Pontypridd Town ward says incidences of anti social behaviour appear to be increasing

"The Police have been listening to our concerns and those of residents and have been making more regular patrols through the town, but a lot of people are not shopping there because they are put off by the loutish behaviour of some.

Pontypridd town centre is suffering enough as it is, we should be doing everything we can to make it more welcoming."