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Published Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Residents are being invited to share their opinions about the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in the Marble Arch area of Northampton.

The proposed PSPO would see the Marble Arch highway, between Barrack Road and Ash Street, gated off in an effort to protect residents from anti-social behaviour by deterring littering, fly-tipping and street drinking in the area.

Enforcement of the Order would be carried out by the Council and Northamptonshire Police. Any breach of the Order would be a criminal offence with a possible fine of up to £1000 or prosecution.

If agreed to, this would be the second PSPO to be introduced in Northampton, the first of which went live in the town centre on 1 April.

PSPOs provide councils with flexible powers to address a range of anti-social behaviour issues in public places to help prevent future issues. Restrictions can be placed on an area where activities have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local people.

Councillor Anna King, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “The public consultation for this PSPO is really important in helping us to understand residents’ needs and their views about how to address anti-social behaviour taking place there.

“The questionnaire only takes a few minutes to complete, so we encourage as many people as possible to take part and have their say.”

Anyone wanting to share their views on the proposed PSPO, can take part in our online questionnaire.

People can also request a paper copy of the questionnaire: Community Safety, Northampton Borough Council, The Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton NN1 1DE, or by emailing pspo@northampton.gov.uk

The consultation will remain open until Sunday 6 August.

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