Drink ban signs to tackle park yobs

Sunken Gardens  now know as Jubilee Gardens
Sunken Gardens now know as Jubilee Gardens
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Action is being taken to clamp down on booze-fuelled anti-social behaviour at Blackpool beauty spots.

Hoteliers and residents are fed up of people drinking in public areas, including Gynn Gardens, Jubilee Gardens (previously known as the Sunken Gardens), and Flagstaff Gardens in North Shore.

Debris including discarded bottles and cans, and even vomit, is proving a turn-off for visitors to the gardens.

Now, Warbreck ward councillor Joyce Delves is hoping to install ‘no drinking’ signs in each area, reminding people of the by-laws which ban drinking in open spaces.

Police officers have also pledged to help tackle the problem.

Coun Delves said: “We are getting a series of youths and adults sat drinking on the benches and they are leaving cans and bottles behind, and throwing up.

“It is not good, as this is a tourism area, and I have had complaints from both 
residents and hoteliers in the area.

“I know these areas cannot be policed all the time, but putting up ‘no drinking’ signs may help.

“We are asking for 
costings for the signs and we’ll pay for them out of the ward budget.”

Corrie Norris, of the Sea Breeze, on Gynn Avenue, said: “We are aware of problems with drinking and groups of people hanging around all these different areas.

“I have children myself and I don’t want them to go to these areas, and I don’t direct guests to them either.

“It is quite a detriment to the holiday area, so I hope putting signs in will help get the message across and help the police to order people to throw their drink away.”

The area’s Community Beat Manager, PC John Crystal, said: “It is something that has been raised at the PACT meeting, especially in relation to the lighter nights 
coming in.

“The signs will act as a 
deterrent and are needed to impose any enforcement.

“We will be visiting these areas and directing our anti-social behaviour car when