Code of conduct call for revellers

Revellers need to be aware of their behaviour says Coun Eddie Collett (below).

Revellers need to be aware of their behaviour says Coun Eddie Collett (below).

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CALLS have been made for more controls over rowdy revellers.

Coun Tony Williams, leader of the Conservatives on Blackpool Council, wants the town hall to reintroduce a code of conduct for stag and hen parties who visit the resort.

Coun Eddie Collett

Coun Eddie Collett

He says the recent Channel 4 999: What’s Your Emergency? show highlighted the need to clamp down on unruly groups of drinkers.

The code of conduct was launched in 2007 by the then Tory-controlled council.

Coun Williams said: “The code of conduct was very successful. It involved coaches bringing stag and hen parties into the town being welcomed by police and the code of conduct was handed out with a friendly warning to people not to have their fun curtailed by either ending up in hospital, or by being locked up.

“What we need to say to stag and hens is they are welcome in Blackpool providing they don’t bring disgrace to the town or themselves.

“The recent 999 series showed lewd and drunken behaviour which does not present Blackpool as a family resort.”

Coun Williams is proposing a notice of motion which will be put to the council when it meets today.

Coun Eddie Collett, cabinet member for crime and community safety on Blackpool Council, said the code of conduct had never been shelved, and added the council was considering measures to control drunken behaviour.

He said: “We want people to come to Blackpool and enjoy themselves, but there is an element that gets out of hand.

“We are going to bring forward a number of measures in relation to Blackpool town centre and the drinking culture and we are look at changes around the licensing laws.

“But we won’t just be picking up on stag and hen parties. We want guidance about how everyone should behave and stay safe.”

Former council leader Coun Peter Callow launched the code of conduct as part of the Tory’s campaign against sleaze which also saw a clampdown on lap-dancing clubs.

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