Friday 20 May 2022
The Committee for Home Affairs has agreed to the implementation of an alcohol-free zone (AFZ) at the St Peter Port Bus Terminus on South Esplanade. The Committee has also resolved to continue the AFZ in place in the Church square area.
The new zone at the Bus Terminus will come into effect on 1 June 2022.
Careful consideration was given to this matter by the Committee following engagement with businesses in the area, Police, and the Parish Constables and it was agreed it was the right move to make.
It comes as Guernsey Police looks to address anti-social behaviour across the island. The Bus Terminus and Church Square have previously been hot spots for this type of behaviour, and it is hoped by officers that the extended AFZ will help to prevent the reoccurrence of some of the incidents that have previously been reported.
The Committee is also actively engaging with the Committee for Health & Social Care to see what additional support can be provided for people who regularly drink in the area.
Acting Chief Inspector Tom Marshall said:
"The Bus Terminus is an important place for people travelling around Guernsey, and it sits in the heart of our Town. We want to do what we can to support both businesses in the area and regular bus users, and we hope this measure will prevent incidents of public disorder and anti-social behaviour from happening in what should be a community centre. We were of course pleased to receive Committee support for the implementation of the AFZ."
Deputy Rob Prow, President of the Committee for Home Affairs, said:
"We are always pleased to implement measures which help increase public safety and protect the community from anti-social behaviour. The Town Bus Terminus is a key junction for many islanders and visitors and forms a pleasant gateway and departure point, with the provision of seating and access to business amenities. That said, I also want to stress that we know that making the Bus Terminus and Church square alcohol-free zones is not a perfect solution. We also need to try and help people who are regularly drinking in the area, and we are working with HSC and St Peter Port Constables on ways in which we can achieve that. The Committee will continue to do all that it can to support the police's efforts."
The AFZ will initially be in place until the end of October this year, and it will then be reviewed.