New anti-social behaviour orders coming soon

New anti-social behaviour orders coming soon

New orders to tackle anti-social behaviour and make public spaces in North Somerset more welcoming will come into force in October.

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) will be introduced across the area to deter individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in public places.

They support North Somerset Council’s ambition to ‘build and sustain great places to live and visit that are vibrant, accessible and safe’.

Dee Mawn, environmental health service manager, said: “We have worked with the police and other organisations to identify the types of anti-social behaviour that frequently take place in our towns and villages.

“Introducing PSPOs enables us to deal with it effectively and will benefit residents, businesses and their customers by making North Somerset a desirable place to live, visit and work.”

The new orders will also replace existing dog control orders, designated public place orders that help the police tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour and, where appropriate, local byelaws.

When introduced next month, they will give about 100 designated council and police officers the right to take enforcement action.

The powers are intended to be used proportionately and offenders will be reported, which may lead to prosecution in some cases.

The council carried out an eight-week public consultation earlier in the year on the proposed orders and more than 350 responses were received.

Dee added: “We have listened to people and further consideration will be given to introducing PSPOs which tackle other issues, such as the use of drones and inconsiderate parking around school sites.

“More consultation will also take place where communities have not supported the introduction of an order, such as the newly-proposed dogs on leads provisions at Worle recreation ground, Clevedon cricket ground and Wrington’s Silver Street recreation ground.”

The orders coming into force next month

Nine area-wide orders allowing officers to deal with those in a public place who, without reasonable excuse…

  • fail to remove dog mess
  • fail to produce a receptacle for picking up dog mess when asked
  • fail to put a dog on a lead when required to do so
  • drop litter
  • urinate or defecate in any place other than a public convenience
  • trade on public property without permission
  • fail to remove a notice or sign on public property when asked to do so
  • fail to stop consuming intoxicating substances when asked to do so
  • fail to surrender intoxicating substances when asked to do so

Three restrictions relating to parks, beaches and other recreational spaces, allowing officers to deal with people who continue to…

  • ride horses
  • park or drive vehicles
  • light fires

in place where it is not permitted.

Orders covering all enclosed children’s play areas to prohibit…

  • dogs
  • Smoking

Orders dealing with anti-social behaviour in public libraries, the museum, council buildings, car parks and public conveniences

Orders stipulating new/amended requirements in the following locations…

  • Clevedon Marine Lake – no dogs allowed
  • Portishead Marina (east and west) – all dogs on leads
  • Weston High Street – all dogs on leads
  • Weston Princess Royal Square – no skateboarding, scootering, rollerblading or inline skating
  • Weston town centre – no charitable collections without permission.

All existing dog control orders are to be converted into PSPOs.

For more information on Public Space Protection Orders, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/pspo

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