31 Jul '13, 4pm
Clubs call for curbs on street drinking
The newly formed Singapore Nightlife Business Association is keen to discuss ways to tackle the problem of drunks in Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay with the authorities. This comes after the authorities announced shortened liquor licensing hours for Clarke Quay tenants. "The situation must be resolved through a holistic approach from all parties," says St James Holdings chief executive Dennis Foo, who chairs the association. Fellow committee member and director of The Emerald Hill Group, Ms Heather Seow, 56, says: "If the clubs lose one hour of business, that makes a whole lot of difference to their bottom line, especially with the kind of rental they have to pay." Mr Foo says: "What we suggest is either a dry zone, where people are not allowed to drink on the streets, or that stores should not be allowed to sell cheap liquor in and around the vicinity." Similarly, Clarke ...