Currently, there is a Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) in Midsomer Norton which restricts street drinking. The order and map of the DPPO area can be viewed:
As a result of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, this will expire in October 2017. We therefore need to decide if we wish to use new powers called Public Space Protection Orders to continue restrictions on alcohol consumption in public places in the centre of the town
In summary, the Order would:
Prohibit people from having alcohol in their possession, care or control in any public place within the Restricted Area in Midsomer Norton (the area within the red line on the map) where they are or have been consuming alcohol, or intend to consume alcohol, within that restricted area
Under PSPOs it would be an offence, without reasonable excuse, to fail to comply with a request by an Authorised Officer (eg a Police officer) to cease drinking or surrender alcohol. A person guilty of such an offence would be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £500.
Public spaces are defined in the legislation as those to which the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission. This means the proposed PSPO would include public car parks and public parks as well as other public spaces such as streets.
If you prefer to respond on paper please contact us using the contact details on this page. You can either email your responses to: firstname.lastname@example.org or send them by post to: PSPO Consultation, The Hollies, Midsomer Norton BA3 2DP. The consultation is open until 9th August 2017.