Drinking in Public Places – Have Your Say

Residents are being invited to have their say on a new Public Spaces Protection Order which will restrict alcohol consumption in areas of Downham Market.

The new Public Space Protection Orders will replace the current Designated Public Space Order which is due to expire on 20 October 2017 following the introduction of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act 2014.

The Public Space Protection Order for Downham Market contains minor amendments to the previous provisions to allow for new housing developments and to enable easier identification of boundaries. The proposal for the King’s Lynn PSPO extends the order to areas where alcohol-related disorder is known to take place.

Cllr Ian Devereux, borough council cabinet member for Environment, said: “With the new legislation coming into force, we had an option to let the existing Dedicated Public Place Order lapse or to replace it with the Public Space Protection Orders. We feel that alcohol-related activity can have a detrimental effect on the quality of people’s lives in areas where it takes place. As such we wanted to make sure we kept in place some mechanism that means people who are drinking and causing alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in those areas could be asked to stop drinking or surrender their drinks.

“We have made some amendments to the existing arrangements and are seeking people’s views on these changes.”

The order can be viewed online at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/haveyoursay where comments can also be submitted.

The consultation period closes on 4 July 2017.

Once in place, the new order will be reviewed every three years.