BOOZE-FUELLED violence and crime are not a problem in Frodsham, so don’t tarnish our reputation, insists the town’s mayor.

Plans to impose a responsible drinking zone in Frodsham have met with opposition from councillors and business owners who are insisting that drinking is not a problem in the town.

Mayor of Frodsham Andrew Dawson has said that the town does not need to be ‘tarnished with the same brush as Northwich’ and has insisted that police and Cheshire West and Chester take an independent look at the streets.

Cllr Dawson said that he was fed up of Frodsham, Helsby, Kingsley and Alvanley being treated the same way as Northwich despite the fact that they are ‘worlds apart’ and ‘completely different communities’.

In fact Cllr Dawson and members of local business group Love Frodsham have said that the main problem in the area is litter from local takeaways which lines the streets after punters buy food on their way home on a Friday night.

“It is suggesting that Frodsham has to have a responsible drinking zone even though we probably don’t need one,” said Cllr Dawson.

He added he had invited the police to patrol Frodsham’s streets on a Saturday night to determine whether the town needs a responsible drinking zone.

“You cannot deal with issues in different areas in the same way, in Helsby almost all the pubs are closed so there is not the same demand on the police,” he said.

“We are different people, different communities, we shop at different supermarkets and go to different doctors. Frodsham is a town in its own right and we should be respected and recognised as a town.”

Cllr Dawson added that street cleaning teams were now being deployed in the town an hour earlier every Saturday to clear up the discarded chip packets left by punters on the night before.