Hackney streets go dry as no-drink signs appear

DPPO: asbo-style designated public place order notice @ Montague Rd Dalston Lane London E8 120415 © david.altheer@gmail.com

DRINKING IN public is banned in parts of Australia and other authoritarian countries – and now a ban is creeping into Hackney.

Signs making drinking illegal in he thhe street have started appearing around the borough.

The council’s community-safety team says the notice has been in place since the borough-wide designated public place order (DPPO) was approved in 2010 by the regulatory committee, a little-known council group.

The team says: “It followed three months of borough-wide consultation in the form of online and on-the-ground conversations, which found 63% of respondents were in favour of a borough wide controlled drinking zone.

DPPO: asbo-style designated public place order notice @ Montague Rd Dalston Lane London E8 120415 © david.altheer@gmail.com
Close-up: one of the designated public place order notices erected in Dalston, top

“It was established under Section 13 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.

“It is not and never has been interpreted as a no-drinking zone or drink ban.”

The signs had reduced alcohol-connected antisocial behaviour.

In an admittedly small survey, Loving Dalston found nobody who remembered having been asked whether they wanted public drinking banned in their street.

Hamish Scott 140415

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