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Town hall meeting in bid end drink problems

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

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A SPECIAL event has been organised in a bid to reduce the negative impact that excess alcohol has in Burton.

East Staffordshire Borough Council revealed it was teaming up with Staffordshire Police, the fire and rescue service, officers from trading standards, Pubwatch and landlords and licensees in a bid to improve the situation in the town.

The event, which is set to take place on May 29 at Burton Town Hall, will work to bring all participants ‘closer together’ in a bid to reduce alcohol-related harm and crime .

A spokesman for the borough council said: “The aim of the event is to further enhance close working relationships with licensees from pubs and clubs, who are licensed by the council for the sale of alcohol on their premises.

“The initiative will help the council support businesses by reducing the harm caused by alcohol, lowering associated crime, disorder and public nuisance and help to encourage safe and well-managed premises.

“Guest speakers will include the responsible authorities and representatives from the Security Industry Authority, North Staffs NHS and the Burton Addiction Centre O’Connor Centre.

“We will be working in partnership with Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, trading standards, Pubwatch and the local licensing trade at the Licensees Forum on Thursday, May 29 at Burton Town Hall.”

In the past few months police and council chiefs have taken a hard line on pubs and clubs selling underage booze and experiencing crime issues.

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