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South Wales Police urge Swansea Council to re-adopt CIP Published Date: 03/07/2023

Wales Online reported that Swansea Council first adopted a cumulative impact policy for several city centre streets in 2013. It was amended later, and should have been reviewed again in April 2021. But this didn't happen because of the Covid pandemic, and the policy lapsed.

A report is due to be discussed at Swansea's full council meeting on 6 July where the Licensing Act Policy Statement, including the Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP).

It is reported that South Wales Police said in a submission to the council that any expansion of the late-night economy would have consequences for policing, and that these consequences would be felt throughout the force's Swansea and Neath Port Talbot division.

The submission said: "The bottom line is that when venues close their doors and customers leave, responsibility to manage the situation on the streets rests firmly with police, being the lead agency and only agency consistently present late at night, hence a framework to regulate this environment is welcome."

The policy would apply to Wind Street and a number of streets nearby, to The Kingsway and a number of streets nearby, and also High Street and College Street. Wind Street is the main focus of late-night police patrols. Its character has changed since Covid with the introduction of more outdoor seating, greenery and the exclusion of vehicles, except deliveries. Police said the outdoor seating areas had, however, helped created more pinch-points when people queued to get into venues, which risked an increase in disorder.