Drinking in public laws could be extended in Eden

Date: Monday 5th February 2018

RESIDENTS and business owners in Eden are been asked to have their say about new regulations aimed at helping control where alcohol is consumed in public spaces and reducing anti-social behaviour.

Eden District Council’s deputy chief executive, Matthew Neal, said: “The district council is working with the police and other public agencies to ensure people can enjoy themselves safely and responsibly in our communities.

"We are aware of issues arising in certain areas of the district around the public consumption of alcohol which lead to anti-social behaviour. Introducing these proposed PSPOs to certain areas of Eden will offer the council and Cumbria police the measures needed to combat this.

“PSPOs were brought in as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are not a blanket alcohol ban and do not affect licensed premises.

"The new PSPOs would replace the existing designated public places order that covers the district’s four main towns and would be extended to include Long Marton, Brampton, Crackenthorpe and Shap. I would encourage local people to view the draft PSPOs and take part in the consultation to make their views known.”

The enforcement of a PSPO is undertaken by the police, police community support officers or council officers. A breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence, and an authorised officer can issue a verbal warning and require that the behaviour stops immediately or issue a fixed penalty notice of up to £100 or a larger fine on prosecution.

A public consultation about the new PSPOs started today and runs until Friday, 16th March. The public can give their views by completing an on-line questionnaire at http://www.eden.gov.uk/PSPOconsultation

The council is also writing to residents and town and parish councils for their views in the areas where the new orders could apply.

To request a hard copy of the survey contact Eden District Council on 01768 817817.

The survey responses will be analysed and the results reported back to a meeting of the district council’s executive, at which a decision whether or not to implement the proposed PSPOs will be made.