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Alcohol Consumption Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area

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This PSPO was made on the 1 July 2021 and the maximum duration of a PSPO is 3 years. We can however, at any time prior to the expiry of the Order extend it for a further 3 years if we consider it is necessary to prevent the original behaviour from occurring or recurring.

We have to undertake further consultation before any decision can be made to either extend or revoke the Order.

A range of information has been collated and analysed, this has identified that there is sufficient evidence to recommend the PSPO is extended with no changes being made to the original Order and areas covered.

Your views are important to us and we want to hear from all those who live, work or visit the BCP area and who could be affected by this proposal. You can complete the survey and find more information on our Have your say consultation website.

PSPO 1 July 2021 – extended to 30 June 2027

On 1 July 2021 a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) was put in place covering the area highlighted yellow on the map below. The order has been in place for 3 years and gives authorised officers and Dorset Police the ability to address alcohol related anti-social behaviour.

Legislation states that at any time prior to the expiry of an Order it can extended for a further 3 years if it is considered necessary to prevent the original behaviour from occurring or recurring.

Following a review of evidence and public consultation, Cabinet agreed to extend the Alcohol PSPO for a further 3 years.

The PSPO is not an alcohol ban and it does not make it an offence to drink alcohol in the area covered by the Order. However, it would be an offence to fail to comply with a request from an authorised officer to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in the area covered by the Order, if the individual is or is likely to cause anti-social behaviour. If alcohol is confiscated, it can be disposed of by the person who confiscates it.

It is an offence to fail to comply with a request by an authorised officer to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in the controlled drinking area. Failure to comply could lead to a fine or prosecution.

Definition of a PSPO

Public spaces protection orders (PSPOs) were brought in under section 59 to 65 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

They specify an area where activities are taking place that are or are likely to be detrimental to the local community's quality of life, and impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area.

They are designed to ensure the law abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from antisocial behaviour.

For further information please contact asbteam@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.

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