Monday, 11 May 2009

Freedom of the Streets ? Booze and the regulation of social life

Tuesday 19th May
doors open at 6.00pm, debate starts at 6.30pm

Is the extension of laws limiting alcohol consumption in public places reclaiming the streets from the drunks on behalf of the silent majority? Or is it one more step towards a town centre police state?

Josie Appleton, author of 'Against the Booze Bans - and the Hyperregulation of Public Space' says "Over the past few years, cracking open a can in the street has become not just rude, but illegal. The State is now the arbiter on questions of social etiquette which were previously decided by individuals and communities themselves."

Chris Walsh is Principal Community Safety Officer, Safer Stronger Communities, Kirklees Council. He manages a team of community safety officers who work in partnership to manage the impact of alcohol-fuelled violence, crime and anti-social behaviour in town centres across the district.

Entrance: suggested contribution £2.50, pay at the door.