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#HaveYourSay on a Public Space Protection Order to tackle alcohol misuse in Nuneaton & Bedworth

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council have launched a consultation on introducing a public space protection order (PSPO) across the borough. The PSPO would address alcohol related anti-social behaviour that can occur in public open spaces.

A PSPO is a new measure, created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which is intended to deal with activities carried out in a public space that have a detrimental effect on the local community’s quality of life. The PSPO would enable the council to impose restrictions within any open area with the aim of preventing individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour. A breach of the PSPO is a criminal offence and can result in a fixed penalty fine. Failure to pay the fixed penalty can lead to prosecution.
The PSPO would not be a ban on drinking in public and is not intended to punish those enjoying a picnic in the park for example.

“Anti-social use of alcohol can be a concern in the Nuneaton and Bedworth area. The opportunity to use new powers to tackle this are very welcome. As a council we strive to work with our partners to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour at every opportunity, the ability to use new powers to address alcohol related anti-social behaviour is very welcome” Rachel Jackson, Communities Manager, NBBC

Evidence demonstrates that alcohol can be a factor in anti-social behaviour and violent crime, making people fearful of using certain areas or enjoying the night time economy. Therefore it is important to ensure that the council uses the legislation it has available. The order means that if PCSOs, Police Officers, Council Officers or their authorised representative believe a person is consuming or intends to consume alcohol in a public place and is likely to, or has caused disorder, they can require them to stop and confiscate alcohol whether the drinking vessel is opened or not. Anyone failing to comply with this request could be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice Where relevant, officers, or authorised representatives may signpost individuals to alcohol support services.

This order will replace the existing Designated Public Places Order that already applies to the borough and has done so since 2007. It will be reviewed after three years.
The consultation will be open until 10th July 2017 and can be completed online here.
If you have any questions regarding this consultation or would like a printed copy please email: safe@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk or phone 024 7637 6565.
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