Have Your Say on draft orders to control irresponsible drinking in Eden District
Residents, businesses and visitors to Eden District, including Gypsies and Travellers who attend Appleby Horse Fair, are being asked to have their say about new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) being proposed by Eden District Council, which aim to help control where alcohol is consumed in public spaces to help reduce any instances of anti-social behaviour.
A public consultation is being held about the new PSPOs which starts on Monday 5 February 2018 and closes on Friday 16 March 2018. The public can give their views by completing an online questionnaire at www.eden.gov.uk/PSPOconsultation
Eden District Council’s Deputy Chief Executive, Matthew Neal, said: “The District Council is working with the Police and other public agencies to ensure people can enjoy themselves safely and responsibly in our communities. As an area that attracts a lot of visitors, it is important that when any anti-social behaviour occurs due to irresponsible drinking, the Police and Council officers have the right powers to deal with it efficiently and effectively.
“PSPOs were brought in as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The proposed PSPOs would replace the existing Designated Public Places Order that covers the District’s four main towns and would be extended to include Long Marton, Brampton, Crackenthorpe and Shap. I would encourage the public to view the draft PSPOs and take part in the consultation to make their views known.”
Bill Welch, a Gypsy and Traveller representative on the Multi Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group (MASCG) for Appleby Horse Fair, said: “We have discussed the introduction of PSPOs at the MASCG meetings and it is important for Gypsies and Travellers, who visit Eden District when they attend Appleby Horse Fair each year, to give their views about these proposals.
“The proposed PSPOs are not about banning alcohol in public places and do not affect pubs and hotels. It is about ensuing responsible drinking taking places all year round in Eden District, and whether you are a local person or a visitor to the area, that you act safely when consuming alcohol.”
The Council’s existing Designated Public Places Order, including the areas affected by it, can be viewed at www.eden.gov.uk Under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, this order has automatically become a PSPO and will expire in 2020. However, the Council is wishing to include new areas within this Order and is consulting the public about this.
The enforcement of a PSPO is undertaken by the Police, Police Community Support Officers or Council officers. PSPOs are not intended to target any particular person, but apply to all persons whose behaviour breaches the PSPO and causes alarm and distress to others.
A breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence, and an authorised officer can issue a verbal warning and require that the behaviour stops immediately or issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 or a larger fine on prosecution.
To take part in the PSPO consultation and view the maps of the areas cover by the proposed orders visit: www.eden.gov.uk/PSPOconsultation and complete the online survey before 16 March 2018.
To request a hard copy of the survey please contact Eden District Council on 01768 817817.The survey responses will be analysed and the results reported back to a meeting of the District Council’s Executive, where a decision whether or not to implement the proposed PSPOs will be made.