Question: What’s the best solution to tackling street drinking on Armley Town Street?

5 July 2017

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An Armley resident is asking the question: How do you tackle the ongoing problems with street drinking and anti-social behaviour on Town Street?

Posting on Facebook’s Armley Good Stuff page, ‘Dom Dedom’ has started a survey to see how people think the problems might be tackled. She said:

“I thought it might be an idea to gauge local opinion on what might be the best solution for this.”

The question is:

What do you think the community should approach our councillors with as the best solution to solving the street drinking and anti-social behaviour problems on Armley Town Street?

The results were:

Comments under ‘other’ included:

“I feel that there should be a drinking ban in a small circle around the town street itself – I don’t think people should be stopped from having a drink in the park/rec green space as that would affect folk at picnics and having a get together with friends. Which is basically what these guys are doing – just anti-socially. I think Scarborough has one which is like a containment area?”

And another commenter added:

“In my opinion I think support from therapists and counsellors in finding the route cause of the drinking and anti-social behaviour would be the best route forward. Most other options will just displace those people to other areas.”

The questionnaire can be completed here.

Armley Town Street has been at the centre of increased police patrols, injunctions on individual street drinkers, intensive support work by Barca workers and the removal of park benches where drinkers congregated over the past 18 months.

Armley is one of 18 areas across the city which could see Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) introduced to help tackle the problems with street drinking.

Failure to comply with an order can result in a fixed penalty notice of £100 or a maximum fine of £1,000. More details on the consultation can be found here.


What do you think? Have your say in the comments below.


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Sarah says:

People need a better offer to engage with.

Sally brown says:

Tired of debating this – we’re just going round in circles with nothing happening.

As Elvis would say: A little less conversation, a little more action.

Please? Someone? Anyone….?

Carole Reid says:

I’m amazed that no-one has suggested we look at the source. I have lived in Bramley for the past 10 years and my partner is from Bramley. He was born at St. Mary’s hospital. We have both visited Armley on many occasions and in just my own experience, I had always found it to be a lovely small typical northern English town. When I moved to Bramley, I bought my curtains and carpets, several items of furniture. I used to buy my groceries there! But no more, I have to say I avoid Armley town street like the plague
I recently spoke to 3 men who were not speaking English and were drinking on the parade of shops which include wilkinson and tesco, they were using foul language, smoking and drinking cans of beer and falling over where there were parents shopping with their children. I was not rude to the men but I pointed out that in England we are not allowed to drink in the street. They told me to fuck off and phone the police!
I’m certainly not going to say that English men (and women) don’t drink in the street, but it has certainly got a lot worse since Armley has changed into the eastern European town it now appears to be