Public Spaces Protection Orders - Consultation
We are seeking the views of residents and businesses in Warwick district on the renewal of the district’s Public Spaces Protection Orders.
A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is intended to deal with anti-social or nuisance behaviour in public spaces that are detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. PSPOs were introduced in 2017 and must be reviewed every three years.
Warwick district currently has Public Spaces Protection Orders in place for a Restricted Drinking Zone (RDZ) which covers the entirety of the district, and Dog Control Orders for a number of open spaces, parks, cemeteries and play areas.
We are proposing to implement an Intoxicating Substances PSPO to cover Warwick district.
The Intoxicating Substances PSPO will maintain the current restricted drinking zone for the district, as well as making it an offence for a person ‘without reasonable excuse to breach the PSPO in terms of ingestion, inhalation, injection, smoking or otherwise of an intoxicating substance’. A person guilty of an offence under this section of the order is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1000.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, when licensed premises return to trading we have been advised that the majority of businesses will be utilising additional outdoor spaces for customers to consume alcohol. This is likely to have an impact on the levels of alcohol related incidents across the district for the foreseeable future, and it is for this reason that we are proposing to maintain the current district-wide order for restricted drinking for the next three years.
Please let us know whether you support this measure and whether there are any areas of the district you feel require particular attention.