Crackdown on nuisance behaviour in Chichester city centre

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PROBLEMS with anti-social behaviour in a city centre could lead to a crackdown on drinking alcohol in public.

Chichester District Council is consulting on whether to adopt new powers to deal with nuisance behaviour.

Councillors are considering introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order to control drinking in public and illegal street trading.

PSPOs were created by the government to give councils and police more ways to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The orders allow councils to deal with these offences 
with variety of methods including fixed penalty notices of up to £100 or a fine of up to £1,000.

Residents now have the opportunity to express their views on it through a public consultation.

Councillor Roger Barrow said: ‘The law governing Public Space Protection Orders is designed to put victims at the heart of the response to anti-social behaviour, and give councils and the police the flexibility they need to deal with any given situation.

‘Drinking in public places and illegal street trading have been highlighted as issues and we want people’s views on whether the behaviour meets the test for introducing such an order.’

The consultation runs until May 24 and will be debated by the council in July.

To take part, fill in the questionnaire by visiting chichester.gov.uk/currentconsultations.

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