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STOP THE LIVERPOOL GEORGIAN QUARTER WET ZONE

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Liverpool City Council have given themselves the go ahead to Open a so called "Wet Zone' in a property that backs onto 80 Rodney Street. The council are pressing ahead with this crazy plan despite strong objections from the local community including educational establishments.

Let me explain what this 'Wet Zone' is:

Street drinkers who congregate in Liverpool City Centre will be allowed to drink at the wet zone which the council has labelled a REST centre. Essentially what happens once at this REST centre is this: the drinkers will have their alcohol poured into beakers, the drinkers will then carry on drinking, they can come and go as they please. At 8pm the street drinkers will be sent out back into the street and given their remaining alcohol back to them.

The council have tried to give the impression to the public that this is a treatment centre - IT IS NOT. The council are simply providing a venue for street drinkers and allowing them to drink at this location. The council is just dumping the problem on the doorstep of local residents in the Georgian Quarter.

A Wet Zone in a residential, business, tourist and educational area is NOT the solution for city centre problem street drinkers. If the council want to tackle the problem it should look at the root causes of problem street drinking - not provide a venue for them to continue drinking. We feel if a wet zone is to go ahead it should not be within a residential, business or tourist area.

So what this REST centre amounts to is a Council operated beer garden for street drinkers right in the middle of Liverpool's much loved Georgian Quarter. The wet zone itself is located in the back garden of 80 Rodney Street - a listed property of great cultural value and once home to Lytton Strachey a member of the Bloomsbury Group. 

Local residents, LIPA, and members of the chinese community all objected to this plan and warned the council that this would have a negative impact on residents, educational institutions, doctors, tourist destinations and businesses in the area. The Council ignored everyones concerns and objections and are intent to open the Wet Zone even though they know it is damaging the area and causing great distress to residents of the area.

This site is en-route to St Nicholas primary school and 1 minutes walk from LIPA infants school.

Street drinkers create problems for local residents and businesses in many ways:

Anti-social behaviour: drunken behaviour, shouting abuse, aggressive begging, urinating in public, fighting, leaving litter such as beer cans.

Street drinkers can be intimidating to residents, children, students and tourists as they often congregate in large numbers and pester passers by for money which they then use to purchase cheap cider and beer.

Please sign this petition and make Liverpool City Council STOP using The Georgian Quarter as a dumping ground for Street Drinkers.

 

 



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