New Council Powers to Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour

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New Council Powers to Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour

Cabinet councillors last night agreed to move forward on the implementation of four new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO). 

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014 gives councils new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour that are more streamlined and victim focused, including the use of PSPOs. 

PSPOs will replace the existing Designated Public Place Order in the town that was introduced by Eastbourne Borough Council to tackle street drinking, and Dog Controls Orders that cover dog fouling, dogs on leads and banning dogs. 

Breaching an order can result in a fine of between £75 and £1,000. 

Councillor John Ungar, Lead Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: 

“Dealing strongly with anti-social issues such as dog fouling and street drinking are top priorities for residents. 

“In regard to dog fouling, our Neighbourhood First Team takes a very proactive approach to the issue by engaging with dog owners, installing dog bag dispensers and organising targeted campaigns.” 

The new proposals include alterations to the existing boundaries of the Dog Ban and Dog Lead Control Orders that, subject to consultation, will be extended to cover certain areas of Sovereign Harbour and Meads. 

Councillor Ungar added:

“While council officers are authorised to enforce the order targeting street drinking, it has been agreed with Sussex Police that their officers are more specifically trained and resourced to take the lead on on-street enforcement.” 

The existing Designated Public Place Order and Dog Control Orders will continue to be in force until October 2017 and then convert to PSPOs.