PUBLIC drinking could soon be banned in parts of Wrexham as part of a clampdown on anti- social behaviour.
The borough council's executive board will tomorrow consider a report on the use of new powers, which came into force on September 1, to outlaw drinking in public areas close to the Wrexham town centre.
Under the new legislation police can request a person not to drink alcohol and to surrender it. Anyone refusing to do so could be arrested.
The report says: 'Whilst the Police were of the view that the old-style by-laws would not prove effective in dealing with the problem of consumption of alcohol in public places, these new powers seem specifically designed to deal with some of the problems which are being encountered certainly on Llwyn Isaf Green, and, if introduced, should prove effective provided the orders are enforced by the police.'
It is suggested the Llwyn Isaf Green be treated as a pilot area, together with Queen's Square and the green area in front of the Guildhall, to assess the effectiveness of the powers.
The report adds: 'Whilst there is no reason to limit the designation to Llwyn Isaf Green, this is clearly a problem area where nuisance or annoyance to members of the public has been associated with the consumption of intoxicating liquor.'
The report recommends the police, Wrexham Crime and Disorder reduction strategic group and Rhosddu Community Council be consulted about the proposed scheme.
If the Executive Board then agrees to pursue the matter the next step would be for a public consultation exercise.
Denbighshire County Council has already taken steps to introduce a similar alcohol ban in parts of Rhyl town centre, including the forecourt of the railway station and the area behind the Town Hall. A similar scheme has been considered for Conwy.