Public open spaces – should 2017 protection orders stay in place?

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) implemented back in 2017 are set to come to an end later this year and now the council is asking if you think they should be extended.

In 2017 Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) consulted over plans to implement PSPOs that saw four being put in place across the town that were intended to prevent anti-social behaviour relating to dog ownership and consumption of alcohol in the street.

The orders covered areas along the seafront and in a number of parks and open spaces across Eastbourne. You can see where all the existing orders apply by clicking here.

PSPOs put conditions or restrictions on what people can do within a specific area if there is evidence to suggest that the impact of their behaviour makes it unreasonable. Breaching a PSPO can be a criminal offence punishable by a fine or prosecution.

The four orders in place in Eastbourne are intended to prevent:

  • consumption of alcohol in any street in Eastbourne town centre
  • dog fouling in any public area of the borough
  • dogs being off the lead in certain areas of the borough either at all times or at certain times of the year
  • dogs entering specified areas of the borough either at all times or at certain times of the year.

When the current PSPOs were established in 2017 it was planned they wold last three years and as a result they will cease to have effect from Friday November 27th this year unless they are extended before then.

EBC is now proposing to extend the current PSPOs on a like-for-like basis for a further three year period ending in November 2023 but wants your views on the issue.

To find out more and to respond to the consultation, click on this link the closing date for responses is Tuesday October 13th at 5pm.

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