In a recent Wrexham Leader article, the Leader of Wrexham Council, Mark Pritchard said “I think all parks across Wrexham should be alcohol free. If people want to drink there are plenty of pubs in Wrexham. There needs to be a zero tolerance policy and I will be working across all parties to make this happen”
All well and good, some might think, but hold on, he doesn’t finish there, he goes on to add – “organised events such as the annual Underneath the Arches Festival at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct will be exempt from the measures”
So, it would appear that it is fine to permit drinking at Council run/sponsored events but on all other occasions it isn’t.
Many people enjoy a social drink al fresco all over the country with little or no problems, yet WCBC’s answer to the problems caused by a minority of undesirables, is to propose placing a blanket ban with the only exceptions being when it suits them. A certain case of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut!
My question is this:
Why aren’t the Civic Enforcement Officers, PCSO’s and Police Officers dealing effectively with the problem at source by using the measures at their disposal rather than criminalising law abiding citizens who choose to enjoy a liquid refreshment in the open?
It is high time all the agencies I have mentioned, did what they are paid to do and crack down on anti social behaviour to make open spaces an ‘undesirable free zone’ rather than penalising the many for the actions of a few.
Its not often that I am in agreement with what Benjamin M posts but completely agree with this one, although to be fair to Wrexham Council, (that’s a first for me!) they are not alone in using sledge hammers to crack nuts, its a feature/tactic that is used across this country in our ever increasing over the top P.C. country..
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
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