ALCOHOL-FREE zones in Ellesmere Port and Neston town centres must be brought in soon, say police.
Ellesmere Port Police Forum heard the bylaw, which would ban yobs from boozing in public, is to be debated by council legal eagles.
But getting their approval is a 'long-winded process', senior officers have said.
The scheme has been championed by ex-borough councillor Mike McCusker for the past 18 months.
He has the support of Cheshire police, the council leader and many councillors, publicans and residents.
Borough Cllr Tony Walsh told the forum: 'I saw these no-drinking areas in Hoylake recently.
'The process has been started in Ellesmere Port, but when are we going to get it?'
Inspector Kevin Bennett said: 'We have already presented our case to the borough council.
'It's a long-winded process and it's got to go to the solicitors before it's implemented.
'I don't have an exact timeline but it's in the interests of everyone to get it done.'
Chief Inspector Nick Adderley told the forum about ArcAngel, a new joint agency way to tackle alcohol-related crime.
Its purpose is to protect the community, monitor behaviour and enforce swift action against yobs.
As part of ArcAngel, police searched youths gathered in the borough before Christmas.
'The amount of cans and drinks on them was alarming, unbelievable. It's a problem that's not just going to go away,' he said.
CI Adderley said breweries were already working with the police nationally to try and combat underage drinking and related anti-social behaviour.
But, because of the continued sale of very cheap and strong booze, they 'need to work even closer with us' and recognise their responsibilities, he added.
Insp Bennett is concerned about the sale of alcohol by proxy, explaining: 'Over Christmas, three people in Ellesmere Port were reported for summons for buying it for children.'
Chief inspector Tim Jackson hopes extra police support staff would help them in this fight.