Wednesday 11 Jul 2018
Licensees are being encouraged to call ‘Time for Home’ when customers have had too much to drink in Rhyl.
North Wales Police in partnership with Denbighshire County Council and the licensed premises in the town have launched #TimeforHome Rhyl in a bid to reduce alcohol related disorder.
Posters highlighting the involvement of the pubs and clubs will be issued, with the intention of licensees telling those who are very intoxicated that they will not be served.
District Inspector Arwyn Jones said: “Rhyl is already a safe place to come and enjoy a night out, this initiative is about seeking to deal with any potential for disorder due to high levels of intoxication, before it escalates. It is about ensuring people feel comfortable coming to the town for a drink.”
“We are supportive of the wider regeneration of Rhyl. A lot of money is being spent, but if people don’t feel comfortable being here then, the benefits of that investment may not be realised. Time for Home is about boosting the economy, dispelling the myth and ensuring Rhyl is a good night out - without alcohol fuelled violence.”
“We are supportive of the wider regeneration of Rhyl. A lot of money is being spent, but if people don’t feel comfortable being here then it is a waste of money. Time for Home is about boosting the economy, dispelling the myth and ensuring Rhyl is a good night out - without alcohol fuelled violence.”
Deborah Bridge, who has been manager of Wetherspoons in Sussex Street for the past three years, was keen to get involved in launching the initiative.
“We already follow the ‘Don’t do drunk’ initiative now the ‘Time for Home’ posters will reiterate the message of what we are trying to do,” she said, priding herself that she has had no issues in the pub during her time as licensee.
Area manager for the company Alan Kay added: “All Wetherspoons staff undertake online training every six months in relation to legislation and responsibility. It’s all about educating them, when it comes to managing customers who have had too much to drink.”
As more licensees engage with the Pubwatch scheme, Insp Jones explained they have an obligation to ensure their premises provide a safe environment. The initiative will be extended to other areas across the county, and it was stressed that if enforcement procedures will be implemented if necessary.
The regeneration of Rhyl is part of the Council’s corporate priority to support economic prosperity includes the investment the Council has made in the SC2 visitor attraction, the 1891 restaurant and the refurbishment of the Pavilion Theatre.
Cllr Tony Thomas, Denbighshire’s lead member for Housing, Regulation and the Environment said: “Time for Home is a fine example of joint working between North Wales Police and Denbighshire County Council. We will be working with landlords to stop those who have consumed excess alcohol from being served.”
“The aim is to reduce anti-social behaviour in the town working towards changing the perceptions of Rhyl. We want to increase the night time economy and at the same time for the public to have confidence in a pleasant and safe ambiance.”