UK beach bans daytime boozing this summer to avoid another ’12 weeks of hell’

A council in North East England has decided to rein in daytime drinking on its beach and totally ban booze in its parks so it can focus on keeping families happy and safe this Summer.

The move comes after locals became fed up with rowdy drunken scenes last year with one councillor describing it as "12 weeks of hell".

Hartlepool Council voted through the order on Friday, March 19 after it initially considering a total blanket ban of alcohol across parks and the seaside promenade 24 hours a day.

Despite a reduction last Summer in infections Covid continued to spread across the UK and the endless cancellation of flights became a mainstay of the British Summer with thousands instead opting to head to their nearest beach.

Across the UK there were scenes of drunken fights and outrageous antisocial behaviour, and Hartlepool was not spared from the chaos.

According to the Sun during Friday's council meeting councillors aired their anger and disappointment over last years behaviour.

Cllr Sue Little, Seaton ward representative, said: "It's the anti-social behaviour aspects of the drinking that we're trying to enforce, it's when people start urinating all over the place, exposing themselves in front of families walking along the prom.

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"That's not acceptable and that's the kind of behaviour that we're trying to stop in Seaton, we're a lovely family resort.

"It's the nuisance that the alcohol causes that residents in Seaton are wanting to stop, we had about 12 weeks of hell in Seaton with people urinating everywhere and exposing themselves, we don't want that in Seaton, we don't want that in Hartlepool."

While the council decided to prohibit drinking 24 hour drinking in the town's parks it stopped short of a total ban on the seafront by allowing alcohol consumption after 8pm.

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The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which allows up to £1,000 fines, will be in place on Seaton Promenade between 6am to 8pm from April to the start of October, and between 8am and 4pm from October until the end of March.

It is thought that other resorts across the UK could follow suit to prevent the shameful scenes last year.

According to the Sun, Bournemouth beach wants to introduce drones for crowd control, Covid marshals and a park-and-ride scheme to reduce demands on space.

Durdle Door in Dorset, Margate beach and much of Cornwall and Devon also saw hug numbers visit causing chaos in the area.

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