REVELLERS in the Swansea Valley are causing problems because they can't even wait until they arrive at pubs to start their boozing.
The situation in Pontardawe is leading to people turning up at pubs with bottles of booze in hand and, when they are told that they can not take them inside, they are being discarded on the pavement.
The matter was brought to the attention of police and community leaders during a recent Pact meeting.
Pontardawe councillor Linet Purcell said: "The problem was raised in our Pact meeting.
"The police licensing officer has investigated and he said that the glass, mainly broken bottles, is not coming from licensed premises but is being caused by people arriving at the pubs carrying their own alcohol from home, being told they cannot bring it onto the premises and then leaving it in the streets.
"This is causing a real headache for local residents."
She added: "The police and I will be writing to local taxi firms to ask for their help.
"All it needs is a little bit of thoughtfulness and our pubs and clubs will be able to thrive and let local residents live in peace."
Pontardawe resident, Rebecca Jeffreys, said: "Bottles are being left outside and some get smashed, it's dangerous for pedestrians walking past and it should be stopped.
"Can't these people wait until they get into the pubs?"
Meanwhile police in the town are said to be investigating reports that youngsters are being served alcohol in the town's shops.
A spokesman for the police said that they would carry out spot checks and test purchases in the area.
Pontardawe councillor, Mike James, said: "Like any town, there will always be a small minority, but I wouldn't say that underage drinking is a major problem in Pontardawe.
"I understand that the police will carry out spot checks, which is good news, but I also sympathise with the shopkeepers.
"I don't think that any of them would knowingly sell alcohol to children."