Following public consultation, Corby Borough Council s plan to place a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in Corby has officially been put into effect, and one month in, the Council is pleased that NO Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued.
Following numerous complaints regarding alcohol related disorder and nuisance, Corby Borough Council has introduced the PSPOs in accordance with section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014. Protected areas include the Town Centre, the Boating Lake and Coronation Park. Full details and a map of protected areas are available to view on the Council s website, http://www.corby.gov.uk/home/housing-and-neighbourhood-services/community-safety/public-spaces-protection-order.
The PSPO is intended to deal with issues such as anti-social drinking in particular areas so that residents can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour. The PSPO prohibits:
Persons to be in possession of open containers with alcohol in, within the area covered by the PSPO
Persons not to drink, consume or take intoxicating substances within the area covered by the PSPO
Persons not to act in a manner that causes alarm, harassment or distress as a result of consuming alcohol or taking intoxicating substances
Persons not to beg within the area covered by the PSPO
These restrictions would be able to be enforced by a Police officer, PCSO and Council officers.
Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:
We are aware of several complaints in regards to anti-social behaviour from people that have been drinking, especially in places such as Coronation Park. These are public open spaces that should be able to be enjoyed by all residents and hopefully now with these actions in place our public open spaces can be more enjoyable and appealing to residents.
For further information about the PSPO please call 01536 464647.