Council to block new bars in 'saturated' areas of Sutton

Sutton Council has declared several areas of the borough 'saturation zones'

Sutton Council has declared several areas of the borough 'saturation zones'

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Opening new pubs and bars in 'saturated' areas of the borough is to become more difficult as the council cracks down on problem drinking.

Sutton Council has declared several areas of the borough 'saturation zones' meaning anyone wanting to obtain a licence to sell alcohol in those areas must prove they meet stringent criteria and that they will not contribute toward alcohol related crime.

The council has identified seven zones, including Sutton High Street, Wallington town centre and Central Road in Worcester Park, because they have been particularly troubled by alcohol-related issues like violence and anti-social behaviour.

Council leader Councillor Ruth Dombey said: "We know that our residents want our town centres to be family friendly places and it is important we do everything we can to protect them.

"By introducing saturation ones we are making it more difficult for premises such as bars, pubs and clubs to successfully apply for new licenses or extensions to existing licenses.

"In a saturation zone, the onus is on them to prove that any application would not be to the detriment of the area.

"When judging this, we can look at the area as a whole, so if there are already a number of licensed premises, it would be far harder to make a case for more."

The council based its decision on in formation including police and ambulance data that identified areas including Sutton town centre as hotspots for alcohol related violence.

The ruling will not affect any premises' existing licences but will impact on anyone seeking a licence or looking to alter an existing one.

Area's declared saturation zones are: Sutton High Street, Central Road in Worcester Park, Rosehill, Wrythe Lane in Carshalton, The Queen Victoria Junction in Worcester Park, Sutton Common Road in Stonecot, Wallington town centre and Mollison Drive in Beddington.

Each separate saturation zone has a different focus and some include fast food shops that cause litter.

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8:46pm Thu 5 Jun 14

GreenBrown says...

Was it not the council that allowed this saturation to occur in the first place. Yet another case of sorting out a problem they created themselves.
Was it not the council that allowed this saturation to occur in the first place. Yet another case of sorting out a problem they created themselves. GreenBrown
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11:10am Fri 6 Jun 14

al the taxi says...

as some of these areas don't have pubs or bars,its the alcohol licences given to shops and petrol garages that's the proplem.pubs would be closed down by police or council if they are not run correctly.also the big drug problem in Sutton causes a lot of violence and anti-social problems,thats what needs the crackdown.
as some of these areas don't have pubs or bars,its the alcohol licences given to shops and petrol garages that's the proplem.pubs would be closed down by police or council if they are not run correctly.also the big drug problem in Sutton causes a lot of violence and anti-social problems,thats what needs the crackdown. al the taxi
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3:00pm Fri 6 Jun 14

PeterM says...

Mollison Drive, Beddington?

No pubs or restaurants that sell alcohol. Only the Co-Op by the Phoenix Centre sells alcohol. Aren't people in Council houses allowed to go out and have a pint? Remember that there was a pub on Roundshaw called the Merry Go Round.

Shame that they can't adopt the same approach with greasy chicken shops.
Mollison Drive, Beddington? No pubs or restaurants that sell alcohol. Only the Co-Op by the Phoenix Centre sells alcohol. Aren't people in Council houses allowed to go out and have a pint? Remember that there was a pub on Roundshaw called the Merry Go Round. Shame that they can't adopt the same approach with greasy chicken shops. PeterM
  • Score: 9

5:18pm Fri 6 Jun 14

LiberalsOut says...

I noticed that Sutton has been saturated with Lib Dems for the last 30 years, but the problem has only been added to this year.
They create problems then try and blame someone else - same locally and in Government
I noticed that Sutton has been saturated with Lib Dems for the last 30 years, but the problem has only been added to this year. They create problems then try and blame someone else - same locally and in Government LiberalsOut
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