Consultation starts on renewal of Public Spaces Protection Orders
17 Sep 2020
Northumberland County Council is proposing to reintroduce new Alcohol Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) and is seeking the views of the public.
The Alcohol PSPO does not ban the consumption of alcohol in public places but gives the police the powers to deal more effectively with the antisocial effects of its consumption.
The proposed PSPOs will have substantially the same powers as the existing PSPOs which are due to expire next month. They will come into effect in: Alnwick, Amble, Ashington, West Bedlington, Berwick, Blyth, Corbridge, Cramlington, Haltwhistle, Hexham, Morpeth, Prudhoe and Wylam.
Once adopted, the Order gives the Police the power to stop people from drinking in designated areas, and to seize any alcohol they have on them, if they are committing or likely to commit anti-social behaviour, nuisance or annoyance which will affect those in the locality.
Northumberland County Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Protection said:
“ It’s essential that our public spaces are safe and welcoming so that everyone can enjoy them. As with all crime and anti-social behaviour, it is a small minority who cause problems for everyone else and we want residents and visitors to be able to relax and enjoy themselves without feeling intimidated by people on the street with drink."
“ Your contributions to this consultation will be valuable in helping us build a complete picture of the local issues and their impacts.”
The PSPO can be viewed here
Comments should be made by October 2, to
Senior Community Safety Officer
Northumberland County Council
West Hartford Business Park
or by email to: PSPOconsultation@northumberland.gov.uk