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Plea for public opinion on new town safety measures

Published: Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Members of the public are being encouraged to voice their opinion on the proposed new powers for overcoming anti-social behaviour in Northampton’s public spaces.

Northampton Borough Council is currently considering the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) within the borough which would help to reduce the harmful effects brought about by anti-social behaviour in and around public spaces.

Public consultation took place at the end of 2015 and a draft order has since been developed. Under this, any inappropriate activities would be regulated and, where possible, prevented in order to relieve tensions within the local community. Breaching such an order would be a criminal offence with a possible fine of up to £1000.

The Council’s existing Designated Public Place Order (DPPO), which prohibits the consumption of alcohol in public spaces, and the Dog Control Order, are due to expire in 2017, so it is proposed that the first PSPOs would be imposed in the run-up to their expiry in order to tackle existing anti-social behaviour within the borough.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for community safety, said: “I would strongly encourage people to participate in the consultation to ensure that everyone has a say in the safety of the local area. The proposed PSPO has the potential to radically improve the quality of life for a large number of people, and it is imperative that all measures are taken in order to achieve this. We want to understand the public’s views in greater depth to ensure that the proposed new powers reflect their wishes.”

Members of the public can view the proposals in greater detail online, and can also participate in an online questionnaire at: www.northampton.gov.uk/pspo

A paper questionnaire is also available from the One Stop Shop at the Guildhall in Northampton, or can be requested by telephone on 01604 837752. Email requests can be sent to [email protected]

Written responses should be addressed to Northampton Borough Council, Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton NN1 1DE (please mark it Public Spaces Protection Order Consultation).

The consultation will remain open until 23 September 2016.