VIDEO: Alcohol ban plan explained by councillor

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A BAN on off-licences selling strong alcohol is due to come into force across parts of Hastings and St Leonards next month.

Hastings Borough Council is launching the initiative, called Reduce the Strength, on October 18 in a clampdown on street drinking.

It will affect Central St Leonards, Castle and Old Hastings wards.

The proposal is to get all off-licences in all three wards to sign up to a voluntary project not to sell or supply beer, cider or lager with an alcohol by volume of more than 6.5 per cent.

Here, councillor Jay Kramer, the council’s lead member for community safety, talks about the issue of street drinking and explains why the council has decided to take action.