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Public Spaces Protection Order to tackle town centre pests

FAREHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL is asking its residents to have their say on the renewal of its Public Spaces Protection Order.

The PSPO specifically relates to acts of public alcohol consumption, drug taking, begging and acting in a manner causing alarm, harassment or distress to the community within the town centre.

And the new proposal extends the existing PSPO with no amendments and will take effect from January 30, 2023, for a period of three years.

It gives council officers the powers to confiscate alcohol and drug paraphernalia and issue fixed penalty notices for anyone failing to comply with the conditions of the PSPO.

Residents can comment on the proposals via an online survey until October 30. Hard copies of the survey can be requested by email or phone or collected at the Civic Offices.

Executive Member for Health and Public Protection Councillor Joanne Bull, said: “The vast majority of Fareham residents act considerately but the council does receive complaints on occasion about people behaving in an inappropriate manner.

“While this new PSPO is an extension of the existing order currently in place, we still want to hear your thoughts on how we can help protect people’s safety and enjoyment in our town centre.”

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