South Shields town centre booze ban set to be approved

Coun Tracey Dixon.
Coun Tracey Dixon.

Plans to tighten licensing restrictions in South Tyneside to tackle booze-fuelled crime and disorder are set to get the go-ahead this week.

Councillors are set to approve plans that will extend an existing enforcement zone – which restricts new licensed premises from opening, and limits applications for extended hours from existing businesses.

The South Shields Town Centre’s Cumulative Impact Policy zone already incorporates 25 licensed premises in Anderson Street North, Coston Drive, Mile End Road and part of King Street and Ocean Road.

However, councillors are recommended to approve the plans during Thursday’s full council meeting at Jarrow Town Hall to expand the area to take in the stretch between Fowler Street, Anderson Street and up to Beach Road, and to include hot food takeaways, open between 11pm and 5am.

If given the green light, the new restrictions would come into force in January.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “As the council renews its Licensing Act Policy, it is important to take into account the rise in the number of licensed premises and activity within the special policy area.

“The type, capacity and density of pubs, clubs, restaurants and hot food takeaways can lead to problems of crime and disorder, anti-social behaviour and nuisance.

“The link between alcohol and crime and disorder is well documented, not to mention the impact of alcohol on people’s health and on the emergency services.”

The full council meeting will take place at 6pm.