Cannock Chase Council are proposing to implement a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) (Alcohol Restriction Zone) in the District.
The proposed PSPO would cover the following areas:
- Cannock Town Centre and Cannock Park
- Hednesford Town Centre and Hednesford Park
- Rugeley Town Centre
- Fernwood area
- Ravenhill Park
The proposed PSPO will enable Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers to request a person stops drinking alcohol and/or surrenders their drink if they are causing, or are likely to cause, alcohol related anti-social behaviour or disorder. The proposed PSPO is not a total ban on drinking alcohol within these areas and the powers do not intend to disrupt peaceful activities.
The previous PSPO expired in October 2020 and a pilot scheme was implemented where other tools and powers were used in an attempt to prevent ASB. However, this pilot scheme was considered to be a less effective solution to the issue.
Councillor Bryan Jones, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Leader for Neighbourhood Safety and Partnerships said “The reintroduction of this PSPO will help to reduce alcohol consumption in our town centres and parks, where behaviours have led to ASB, crime and disorder. It will also help to protect vulnerable individuals. One of the main advantages of a PSPO is the immediacy with which a situation can be dealt with, therefore reducing the risk of further or escalating issues.”
Once this PSPO is in force, a person who fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement imposed on him or her commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding £500.00.
The alcohol restrictions would not apply if within the curtilage of a licensed premises (i.e. a licensed bar, restaurant, shop, off license or marquee licensed with a Temporary Events Notice, as a one-off event).
A copy of the new proposed Public Space Protection Order, maps of the proposed areas and frequently asked questions are available at www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk/pspoconsultation. If you’d like a printed version of the documents please call 01543 464548.
Views and comments on the proposed order can be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to the Partnerships, Community Safety and CCTV Manager at the Council address below by 7 January 2022.