Rye Barwatch

Problem Drinkers to be Barred From Rye Pubs & Hotels

Barwatch, a scheme to prevent alcohol related public disorder came into existence in Rye on Tuesday 22 June. From this date 21 Hotels and Public Houses in Rye and the immediate district have banded together to keep trouble makers out of their premises.

The scheme, which will become affiliated to similar schemes in Hastings and Bexhill, was launched at the Queen’s Head in Landgate in the presence of the Mayor of Rye, Ian Potter who welcomed the scheme saying “This is just what Rye needs to safeguard the nightlife of Rye and to ensure that everyone can enjoy the town”.

In Rye, the licensees will run a ring-round system to keep in touch and inform each other of possible troublemakers. Every landlord will have a designated person to call when the system is triggered, ensuring every member will be quickly informed.

Mike Mercer, licensee of The Smuggler public house in Pett Level, the Chairman of Rye Barwatch, explained that crime has been reduced since Barwatch was launched in Hastings. “We hope to emulate their success in the Rye area. Right from the start there has been a lot of enthusiasm. Barwatch is all about keeping a nice environment where people can go out to have a drink and feel safe. Anyone barred now faces being barred from just about everywhere.

” The Chairman of Rother District Council’s Licensing Committee Councillor Wendy Myers, said the council would wholeheartedly back the scheme: The new system may drive problem drinkers into non affiliated premises so it is desirable that all licensees consider the benefits of joining. The ultimate success of the system will be the response of the police. Priority must be given when assistance is sought and publicans should not hesitate to call for help when trouble threatens the safety of customers or staff.

From “Rye’s Own “July 2004

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