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Swansea Valley boozers' bottle problem

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

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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.

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"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."

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  • Philosoraptor  |  March 02 2014, 12:59PM

    The Pontardawe councillor Mike James is living on a different planet, Pontardawe has always been notorious for underage drinking! And when the Six Nations begins it is one of the most intimidating environments you can get in the Swansea Valleys because the underage drinking problem continues well into adult life.

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  March 02 2014, 12:18PM

    Perhaps if the pub chains charged a sensible rent for the premises, the landlords could charge a sensible price over the bar and then people would not feel like they need a running start. I mean three quid for a beer you can buy in a supermarket for under a pound!

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