ANGRY objectors claim the prospect of 24-hour licensing will cause chaos at Sandbach as drink-fuelled louts roam the streets at all hours.
They fear the town's weekend 'binge drink culture' will escalate out of control.
Congleton Borough Council's public consultation on its policy in response to the government reforms ended on Sunday.
Now the council's licensing department will prepare a report on the findings for councillors to vote on in December.
Cllr Elsie Alcock has been campaigning for two years for a blanket ban on alcohol being consumed on Sandbach's streets.
She said: 'I certainly don't think this will help the situation with anti-social behaviour in the town. It would be almost impossible to police.
'We have problems with drinkers during the current licensing laws, and we are still struggling with those problems.'
Lyndsey Chadwick, owner of Demeter Wholefoods in Welles Street, has had her shop windows broken by yobs on a number of occasions.
She said: 'The police can't cope at the moment, so how would they cope if it was 24-hour drinking?
'I am absolutely against it. The later the pubs are open the drunker people will get. It is fine in cities where there is a constant police presence and CCTV. But in a small town? No way.
'Sandbach is not the lovely little town people say it is. Look at what happened to that poor gentleman who died in Crewe Road. I think this would result in more smashed windows, more noise and more litter.'
Under the new licensing laws, which come into force next year, public houses will be able to apply to Congleton Borough Council for extended licences, stretching through the night.
But council licensing officer Helen Bailey believes the new opening policy will reduce public disorder resulting from fixed opening times, and help combat anti-social behaviour.
Under the government reforms, local authorities will take over responsibilities for granting licenses for pubs, clubs and bars from February.
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