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Policy aims to call time on number of Swansea city centre pubs

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 03, 2013

By Liz Perkins

A New Year’s Eve reveller sitting on the pavement in Wind Street

A New Year’s Eve reveller sitting on the pavement in Wind Street

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A SPECIAL policy could be rolled out to curb the number of bars and pubs opening up in Swansea city centre.

Residents will be able to have their say on the plan following booze-fuelled scenes of New Year's Eve revellers in Wind Street, which led to claims they had painted the city in a bad light. If the policy comes into force it could have its biggest impact on the street, along with The Kingsway.

Police said despite images of dishevelled party-goers staggering around Wind Street and one woman dragging a plant along behind her, only nine arrests were made for public order offences and minor assaults.

A Safer Swansea Partnership spokesman said: "Swansea Council will soon be going out to consultation on a proposed special policy that could in future restrict the granting of more licensed premises in some city centre areas. This may include areas like Wind Street and The Kingsway."

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He added: "The responsibility for safe and sensible drinking lies with both people themselves and licensees, but we do a lot of work to help make the city centre night time experience as safe as possible.

"Swansea, like all city centres across the UK, was very busy over the Christmas holidays. This is why we took a range of extra measures, including enhanced CCTV coverage, a dedicated triage centre, a controlled drop-off point for visitors and a scheme to ban troublemakers from all the city centre's licensed premises."

Superintendent Phil Davies, head of operational policing in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, said there were fewer people arrested compared to previous years.

He said: "We had extra resources in place over Christmas and the new year, which has been very effective.

"There were nine arrests in Wind Street for public order and minor assaults. We were satisfied with people's behaviour as it's a small minority who cause problems."

Red Cross volunteers took seven revellers to hospital who needed treatment and Miarke Developments donated a St Mary's Square premises to set up a makeshift triage centre for injured people.

An Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board spokeswoman added: "Across the new year period, staff at the emergency department at Morriston Hospital saw a large number of patients who were intoxicated."

She said the majority of patients needed treatment for drink-induced injuries following falls, fighting or accidents, along with the effects of drink and drugs.

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  • gorseboy  |  January 04 2013, 3:31PM

    antyall My comment was meant to draw attention to her mode of dress,but it seems these girls consider a short skirt fashionable no matter what type of figure they have. The girl has wronged herself by being obese and drunk,not a good example for the younger generation to follow. I have on more than one occasion over-indulged as you call it during my younger days and have lived to tell the tale AND learnt from my mistakes. Your quote regards pride is incorrect. The Proverb is: "Pride goeth before destruction,and a haughty spirit before a fall. A lesson which our younger and not so young fail to understand,there is nothing to boast about in getting blathered every time they go out.I enjoy a social glass or two but at my age think more of my friends and family and the after than this eat,drink be merry attitude.You can enjoy your night out without drinking to oblivion.

  • swanseajock  |  January 03 2013, 11:40PM

    I visited Glasgow some time ago, and could not get a drink in a supermarket or shop after 10 o'clock, so that is what is possible (it is a start). But Swansea Council will never do anything to stop the late opening of the pubs and clubs becuase the Wind Street clubs and pubs will hire expensive lawyers to defend their position. I have seen it happen with stores opening 24 hours and still not getting closed down for offences. The genie is out of the bottle.

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  • bluebirdsrule  |  January 03 2013, 7:32PM

    I'm sorry people need to let off steam, all we are doing is work work work (for those of us that do) and that's all we get are bills bills bills, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy,

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  • Dr_Conker  |  January 03 2013, 7:18PM

    gorseboy said,"Thought the female gender were to look attractive to the male?"" Thats a bit misogynist sir. What about the fatso smoking a fag, he's not exactly gods gift to women is he? I think most of these comments are made by lonely, bitter old men who have forgotten what its like to enjoy life and have fun. Nothing has changed regarding people getting smashed in over 50 years so what is the problem with you grumpy types? If anyone is to be held responsible for any notoriety on Wind Street, blame must surely lie entirely with the Swansea Elders and their council. They planned it to be this way

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  • Cynically  |  January 03 2013, 6:27PM

    Council could always open a few charity shops or pound shops - oh no sorry, Swansea has more of these than anywhere in Britain already!

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  • antyall  |  January 03 2013, 5:08PM

    Gorseboy. sorry if this comes up twice,the only person in the photo wronged is the girl for being aloud to get in this state and as she has not committed a crime for having her photo in this rag. I doubt that you have never had the misfortune to over indulge but remember but for the grace of God go you."Pride comes before a fall" dont forget.

  • gorseboy  |  January 03 2013, 4:31PM

    DUH! Thought the female gender were to look attractive to the male? Any person looking at this photo as an example would be turned off for life.Has she no pride?

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  • Dan01  |  January 03 2013, 4:21PM

    These cheap alcohol places are also contributing towards the closure of pubs outside the city, and in the process destroying communities, villages and smaller towns. Whilst my local pubs used to be busy at weekends with young people who not only contributed towards the survival of the pubs but also provided a mixed customer base, the type of thing that is essential if we want real communities to survive. But these days I'd be lucky to see anyone under 40 in any of the pubs as they've all gone 'to town' for cheap beer. Small pubs can't compete with that. Its as if the pied piper has been and lured all the youngsters away.

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  • StephenG11  |  January 03 2013, 4:06PM

    Small minded, short sighted and counter productive! Those who have linked this article to ownership by the daily Mail have probably hit the nail on the head

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  • antyall  |  January 03 2013, 2:44PM

    I can remember working in Wakefield 20 odd years ago,I had to stay over the weekend to finish off some work.At ten pm I decided i would go up to the center for a drink,i had never seen such carnage,loads of people drunk,fighting and Mounted police. I had never seen mounted police in a town center on a week end except for big mach days,this was the norm apparently,as every out side town spilled in to Wakefield on a week end. What happened in Wind street is no different to what happens when people go out and over indulge in any town,this paper is owned by the Mail and will do everything in its power to kick any town down that does not have a politically suitable council. ie labour, No doubt there was as much debauchery in Westminster and Chelsea, There is a program on BBC3 next week "what really happens in Magaluf" normally the offspring of the middle classes go to these areas for a holiday. Watch and learn.

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