By Lachlan Leeming, Local Democracy Reporter
Drinking alcohol and huffing laughing gas could soon be banned in parks across Bromley, under new plans being considered by the local authority.
The measures to curb perceived anti-social behaviour are just some being considered in a wide-ranging consultation launched by Bromley council, on which it is currently encouraging public feedback.
The consultation includes proposals to extend alcohol-free zones across the borough, including in parks, while psychoactive substances – such as synthetic marijuana and nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas – would also be banned, under the move.
The move comes after a summer where, with pubs closed into July, many turned to their humble local park to enjoy some cans with their friends.
However, the increased number of people getting inebriated in green spaces across the borough saw an associated rise in anti-social behaviour – with public urination a particular issue.
Queensmead Recreation Ground was a particular hotspot for trouble – with the council in June forced to put up fencing to prevent revellers from relieving themselves in bushes, after neighbours claimed the run-off was flooding into their backyards.
Cllr Pauline Tunnicliffe, chairwoman of the general purposes and licensing committee, said the consultation was “an opportunity to have your say”.
The consultation will run until November 27 with those interested asked to visit www.bromley.gov.uk/consultation.
Pictured top: Beckenham Green
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