North Somerset Council in antisocial behaviour crackdown – including banning dogs from playgrounds

PUBLISHED: 17:35 08 February 2017

Weston Town Hall.

Weston Town Hall.

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New orders which aim to crack down on antisocial behaviour have been unveiled by North Somerset Council.

North Somerset Council’s 10 proposed offences

Orders applying to any land the public is entitled or permitted to have access to making it an offence to:

* Fail to remove dog faeces

* Fail to produce a receptacle for picking up dog faeces

* Fail to put a dog on a lead when required to do so

* Deposit litter

* Urinate or defecate in any place other than a public convenience

* Fail to move on when requested to do so by an authorised officer

* Undertake any form of commercial activity on public property without the written permission of the council

* Post a notice or sign on public property without the written permission of the council

* Fail to stop consuming intoxicating substances when asked to do so

* Fail to surrender intoxicating substances when asked to do so

It has begun an eight-week public consultation period on proposed public space protection orders (PSPOs).

The proposed PSPOs include making it an offence if people fail to pick up dog faeces, fail to put a dog on a lead when required to, drop litter, urinate or defecate in a public place other than toilets, or fail to surrender alcohol when asked to.

Anyone caught breaching a PSPO can be fined £75 on the spot.

The orders are replacing dog control and other antisocial behaviour orders, as required by new legislation.

Cllr Peter Bryant said: “PSPOs will enable us to deal with a particular nuisance or problem that is detrimental to the local community by imposing conditions on the use of an area.

“We have liaised with the police and town and parish councils to identify areas that could benefit from a PSPO and now we want to hear what local residents think. Have we got it right? Are these the right orders in the right places? We want people to let us know.”

Other orders proposed include banning dogs and smoking from children’s play areas and skateboarding on ‘any park, common or land set aside for recreation and leisure, grassed communal area or beach’.

If agreed, they will be adopted in October and enforced by the police and council staff.

The consultation will end on March 31 and responses can be submitted to North Somerset at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/pspo


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