Consultation on tackling anti-social behaviour

A public consultation opened this week (Monday 26 November) on proposals to help combat anti-social behaviour and nuisance across the district.

Folkestone & Hythe District Council is asking for residents' views about how to use Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) to help control the intimidating behaviour that can arise from excessive drinking or using intoxicating substances in a public place.  Protecting shoppers from aggressive begging, and limiting the numbers of chuggers in an area are also covered in the public consultation.

There is already one PSPO in place covering Folkestone and parts of Sandgate and now, following concerns raised by residents and businesses, the Council is proposing to introduce further, bespoke, PSPOs across the District.

Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee, Cabinet Member for Communities and Deputy Leader of the Council, said PSPOs did not automatically stop a particular activity - but were designed to address the anti-social behaviour it could cause.

 "You could still enjoy a glass of wine with your picnic in a local park covered by a 'Control of alcohol consumption in a public place' measure, but the PSPO could be used if drinking led to anti-social behaviour that affected others."

And she said that PSPOs would not be used against rough sleepers. "We will continue to work other partners and charities like Porchlight, The Rainbow Centre and Churches Together in Folkestone to help those people in genuine need and direct them to sources of help."

She urged people to find out more about the proposals and to comment on them.

Leaflets giving more details, and questionnaires, are available at the Civic Centre, Folkestone, Folkestone Town Council, Hawkinge Town Council, Sandgate Parish Council, Dymchurch Parish Council, New Romney Town Council, and Lydd Town Council.

You can also find out more at a drop-in session at the Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, on Friday 11 January  between 9.30am and 11.30am or go to:

www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/community/community-safety/PSPO

The consultation runs until 21 January.

Published on 25 November 2018