Bideford - Public Space Protection Order Consultation - until 4th March 2018

Torridge District Council in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police are looking to build on powers in designated areas of Bideford, which target anti social or aggressive and intimidating behaviour often fuelled by the consumption of alcohol. Bideford town centre already benefits from a Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) which enables Devon & Cornwall Police to deal with the public consumption of alcohol within specific restricted areas. However under new draft proposals Council Officers would also be able to deal with such problems and also impose fixed penalty fines of up to £100 or pursue prosecutions through the Magistrates Court where criminal behaviour orders or fines of up to £1,000 can be imposed. The drive behind all of this is to continue to ensure that the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe and free from anti social behaviour.

The new legislation would be rolled out under a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). Although this would extend the range of powers Police and Council Officers would have to deal with situations, the approach would still be to bring about positive change without the need to resort to formal enforcement action.

The Council has launched a six week consultation on the proposals, which can be accessed via this link https://tinyurl.com/y9radedh or Council reception points and will run until the 4th March.

Background documents and a paper copy of the consultation can be viewed / downloaded from below.