CBC Move to Tackle Anti-Social Drinking in Public Spaces



Bedford Square: alcohol drinking restrictions

Central Bedfordshire Council has approved the areas covered by their Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for the next three years.

The council’s Executive committee yesterday, agreed the new PSPO, following a consultation in November 2019, which consulted on the existing order.

Such orders are not complete public drinking bans, but they give authorised officers additional powers in designated areas. They can request that individuals do not drink alcohol or hand over alcohol in their possession if behaving anti-socially.

The council has agreed the new areas covered by the PSPO across Central Bedfordshire. The full details will be available on the council’s website with maps showing the specific areas in due course.

Locally, for Houghton Regis and Dunstable, the public consultation results for these proposed areas were:

• 100% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Bedford Square,
Houghton Regis
• 98% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Tithe Farm Road,
Houghton Regis
• 99% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for High Street North, Dunstable
• 99% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for High Street South, Dunstable
• 99% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Court Drive Skate
Park, Dunstable
• 99% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Eleanor’s Cross,
Dunstable
• 99% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Grove Gardens,
Dunstable
• 99% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Priory Gardens,
Dunstable
• 98% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Ashton Square,
Dunstable
• 97% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Newton Recreation Ground, Dunstable
• 97% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Mentmore
Recreation Ground, Dunstable
• 97% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Dunstable
Cemetery
• 98% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Luton Road
Recreation Ground, Dunstable
• 98% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Bennett Memorial
Recreation Ground, Dunstable
• 96% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Priory Churchyard, Dunstable

Based on results from the public consultation and evidence that stakeholders provided, three of the existing areas have been removed from the PSPO, Kensworth, Hockliffe and Caddington.

Although these three areas will no longer have an order in place, the Police will still have existing powers to deal with alcohol-related issues in this area, including requesting individuals to not drink and removing any alcohol in an individual’s possession.

Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services said: “Public Space Protection Orders give our officers additional powers to deal with a wide range of anti-social issues, to assist in keeping our communities safe.”

“The consultation helped us to determine that we had the right orders in place and in the right locations. We know local knowledge is key, so we used the feedback and evidence provided from residents and our partners to ensure that the decisions we made reflected any areas that were of concern.”


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