New PSPO to tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
Cabinet has agreed to consult over the proposed introduction of a new Order to control alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in the County Borough.
On Tuesday, December 19, Cabinet Members discussed a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to control alcohol-related anti-social behaviour across the County Borough, which would include the introduction of two defined exclusion zones in Aberdare and Pontypridd Town Centres only.
The PSPO would dedicate the whole County Borough as a Controlled Drinking Zone, where the police and authorised Council officers have the power to request that any person stops drinking and surrender alcohol if they are causing, or likely to cause, anti-social behaviour.
The designated zones in Aberdare and Pontypridd would prohibit people in public places from taking intoxicating substances, including alcohol. The Pontypridd zone would also include the lower of part of Graig.
Cabinet agreed for the Council to undertake an eight-week consultation over the proposed PSPO’s introduction, after which a further report outlining consultation responses will be considered by Cabinet Members.
The PSPO’s County-wide alcohol controls will not make it an offence to drink alcohol in public (aside from Aberdare and Pontypridd) – but residents must comply with any request from police or authorised Council officers to stop drinking and/or surrender alcohol. Police constables and authorised officers have the power to issue a fixed penalty notice of up to £100.
The PSPO’s rules for Aberdare and Pontypridd would not apply to premises licensed for the supply of alcohol – including areas such as beer gardens or permitted pavement seating areas. The PSPO could also be wavered for public drinking at organised events within Aberdare and Pontypridd – including Christmas markets and the Big Welsh Bite event.
The Council will communicate details of the consultation in due course.
Posted on Tuesday 19th December 2017
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