Looking towards the summer months, BCP Council is asking people for their views on the potential introduction of three Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in the coastal areas, some open spaces, highways and car parks. This follows concerns raised by local communities and visitors about anti-social behaviour.
PSPOs allow councils to restrict certain activities within a public area to tackle a wide range of issues. They are intended to help ensure that everyone can enjoy public spaces, safe from the negative actions of a minority.
BCP Council is proposing three separate PSPOs.
It is proposed that the following would be prohibited within selected open spaces, parks and heathland: a ban on overnight camping and sleeping and the lighting of any open fire and barbecues.
As far as car parks and highways are concerned, a ban on overnight sleeping in vehicles, playing loud music and acting in an anti-social manner is proposed.
With regard to specified coastal and beachfront areas: a ban on overnight camping and sleeping, playing loud music, acting in an anti-social manner, lighting any open fires and a restriction on lighting barbeques before 6pm are proposed.
Cllr Bobbie Dove, portfolio holder for Community Safety, said: “A public consultation is the best way to find out how people want concerns addressed.
“While we’re keen to make Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole safer places to enjoy and visit, it’s also vital our communities have the opportunity to comment on our proposals. We want to know what you think about our suggestions.
“I ask people to read the documentation carefully, complete the consultation and share any other ideas that can help guide us towards the right solution for the community.”
No decision on the proposals, or whether to implement the PSPO, will be made until the consultation has ended and the feedback has been fully considered.
The consultation commenced closes at 11.59pm on 19 February.
People can find out more information, view the suggested geographical areas included and also take part in the consultation by visiting: haveyoursay.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/pspo
Alternatively, people can view a copy of the consultation document and complete a paper copy of the survey by visiting libraries across the BCP area.
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