Plans to restrict on-street drinking in the three Moorlands town centres are under consideration. And if the proposals are given the green light by community leaders, anyone caught drinking within the designated areas within any of the three towns, could be faced with a fine of up to, what is understood to be, £500.
Plans to restrict on-street drinking in the three Moorlands town centres are under consideration.
And if the proposals are given the green light by community leaders, anyone caught drinking within the designated areas within any of the three towns, could be faced with a fine of up to, what is understood to be, £500.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has published draft ‘Public Space Protections Orders’ (PSPOs) which are, if passed, set to prevent the consumption of alcohol on-street in the town centres of Cheadle, Leek and Biddulph.
SMDC is currently asking people from across the Moorlands for their views on the proposals.
Cabinet Member for Communities, councillor Mike Bowen, said: “On-street drinking can have a number of undesirable consequences including anti-social behaviour, possibly leading to criminal activity, and an increase in bottles and cans discarded as litter.
“We want people to feel safe in our town centres and for them to be clean, well-cared for spaces free of litter and we believe restricting the drinking of alcohol on the street is one good way of helping to ensure that.
“That’s why we are looking at introducing PSPOs to cover these shared, public places and I hope people will support what we are seeking to achieve.”
Within the draft orders, it states: “The Order is intended to help to stop or reduce activities that have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality, including noise nuisance, shouting and swearing, criminal damage, alcohol and substance misuse, abuse and intimidation, and other forms of rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour.”
It also states: “The following are prohibited under this Order: Consuming or intending to consume alcohol or anything a constable or an Authorised Person reasonably believes to be alcohol in a Restricted Area; Having an unsealed container of alcohol or anything a constable or an Authorised Person reasonably believes to be alcohol in a Restricted Area.
“Where a constable or an Authorised Person reasonably believes that a person is or has been consuming alcohol in breach of this Order, or intends to consume alcohol in circumstances in which doing so would be a breach of this Order. The constable or authorised person may require that person: (i) not to consume, in breach of the order, alcohol or anything which the constable or Authorised Person reasonably believes to be alcohol; (ii) to surrender anything in their possession which is, or which the constable or Authorised Person reasonably believes to be, alcohol or a container for alcohol.”
The orders sets out a number of exemptions including: “when the premises are being used for the supply of alcohol.”
The order also states that: “A person who fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement imposed on him or her under this Order commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.”
According to www.legislation.gov.uk, the level 2 on the standard scale of fines is £500.
If agreed, the SMDC orders for the three Moorlands towns will be in place for a period of three years.
People can view the full draft orders on SMDC’s website at www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/PSPO.
Comments on the proposals can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to Mark Hitchen, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek, ST13 6HQ by 5pm on Friday, March 26.
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