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Crackdown on antisocial behaviour begins in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 November 2017 | UPDATED: 07:32 10 November 2017

The new rules include a crackdown on dog fouling.

The new rules include a crackdown on dog fouling.

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Dogs have been banned from Clevedon’s Marine Lake as part of a crackdown on fouling and antisocial behaviour in North Somerset.

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) have been introduced by North Somerset Council with the hope of improving dog control and tackling disruptive conduct in the public forum.

Public drinking, urinating and littering are all offences which could be punished under the new rules, which have replaced dog control orders, public drinking legislation and local byelaws.

The local authority’s campaign for improved dog control includes rules which mean all dogs at Portishead Marina must be kept on leads, while dogs have been outlawed from Clevedon’s Marine Lake.

People caught smoking or with dogs in enclosed children’s play areas could also be slapped with a fine.

A team of 100 trained enforcers, including police and council officers, will police the crackdown 
across North Somerset. 
The council has advised in November most violating the orders will be given verbal warnings, but eventually offenders will be slapped with a fixed penalty of £75 which could rise to £1,000 if not paid within two weeks.

Peter Bryant, the council’s executive member for parks and green spaces, said: “We have worked with the police and other organisations to identify the types of antisocial behaviour which frequently take place in our towns and villages.

“Introducing PSPOs enables us to deal with it effectively and will benefit residents, businesses and their customers by helping to make North Somerset a desirable place to live, visit and work.”

The power allows the trained council and police officers to fine people who fail to produce a receptacle to pick up dog mess when asked.

Cllr Bryant added: “We have listened to what residents have had to say. 
As a result, further consideration will be given to introducing PSPOs which tackle other issues such as the use of drones and inconsiderate parking around school sites.

“More consultation will also take place where communities have not supported the introduction of an order, such as the newly proposed dogs on leads provisions at Clevedon Cricket Ground and Wrington’s Silver Street Recreation Ground.”

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