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Consultation on Public Space Protection Orders

Everyone should have the right to enjoy public spaces that are safe and welcoming. No-one should have to endure behaviour that has a negative impact on them, their environment or the community in which they live or work.

Over the past seven months Somerset West and Taunton Council has been working with its partners to seek ways so as to limit the effects that anti-social behaviour has on Taunton Town Centre and its Parks and Open Spaces.

During this partnership work we have identified a number of behaviours that we believe are having a detrimental effect on the community as a whole. As such wish to gauge your support in the introduction of a number of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO’s) within the Taunton area.

We are sure that you will have a number of questions that you may have concerning the introduction of Public Space Protection Orders and will seek to answer any questions or concerns that you may have within the consultation period. Please take your time to read the proposals carefully.

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is a power under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

They are intended to allow a Council to deal with particular nuisances or problem behaviour that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life in a particular area.

They allow Councils to impose either restrictions or requirements in that particular area that will apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

Somerset West and Taunton Council and our partners have identified that there are a number of issues within the town centre and the neighbouring areas that are having a detrimental impact on people who live, work or visit the town.

There have been a significant number of complaints made to the Police and the Council regarding issues of public safety and nuisance as well as the issues that the Council and Policing partners regularly witness.

Many of these issues relate to anti-social behaviour linked to alcohol and drugs.

Public Space Protection orders will allow us to tackle a broader range of anti-social behaviour in conjunction with our partners, particularly our Police partners.

The proposed conditions would set the boundaries of what are regarded as unacceptable behaviours.

The proposed Public Space Protection Orders would support our historic county town and surrounding areas.

Public space protection orders proposals