Old Harlow: Council concerned over disturbances on Market Street
Crime / Fri 30th Jul 2021 at 07:05am
A SENIOR Harlow councillor has expressed his concern over disturbances on Market Street in Old Harlow.
Councillor Alastair Gunn, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:
“Harlow Council is concerned that further incidents of antisocial behaviour took place over the weekend in the Market Street area. Community Safety officers are working closely with Essex Police to take forward steps to proactively address this issue. Police patrols will be stepped up in the local area as a first response, and I thank the emergency services for their response on the night in question.
“Late night incidents of the kind reported over the weekend are not acceptable. The council will be reminding licensees in the area of their responsibilities as they manage last orders and close the evening service.
“There have been issues at The Chequers pub before and we are mindful of the distress those incidents caused residents. The Licensing Sub-Committee approved plans for the garden area to be subject to a 9pm curfew at The Chequers pub and this restriction is being monitored by the council to ensure compliance is maintained.
“CCTV is also in place along Market Street and is being used to gather evidence for appropriate council and police investigations.
“The council is committed to working with the local community to confront antisocial behaviour and take action when a licensee fails to abide by their conditions to sell alcohol. Members of the council’s Licensing Committee welcome the dialogue there has already been with Market Street residents and will take appropriate steps to address breaches when and if they surface.
“Reports of crime and disorder are continually reviewed by the council with the police. However, licensing enforcement action is possible only where clear evidence of wrongdoing can be demonstrated.”
Absolutely agree Paul, the Crown is managed really well