Thanet council is proposing to create a Public Spaces Protection order (PSPO) for alcohol control across the whole isle – with the exception of Monkton and Acol.
The PSPO will mean a restriction on carrying and consuming alcohol which is deemed to be causing, or may cause, anti social behaviour, when asked not to do so by an authorised officer.
Essentially is means alcohol – open or opened – being carried or drunk in a public place can be confiscated. Refusal to hand it over could result in a £500 fine.
If agreed, the PSPO will replace the Designated Public Places Order relating to alcohol control, which expires in October 2017, due to the introduction of PSPOs.
If approved the order will come into force on November 16 for three years.
The order says:
“All persons are prohibited from consuming alcohol and must dispose of any vessel believed to contain alcohol, when asked to do so by an authorised person, when it is believed that they are either committing or likely to commit Anti-Social Behaviour in a public place.
An authorised person can require any person
To not consume alcohol or anything the authorised person reasonably believes to be alcohol, in sealed or unsealed vessels
To surrender anything in the person’s possession which is, or the authorised person reasonably believes to be, alcohol or likely to be used as a container for alcohol.
Any surrendered items are to be retained by the authorised person and safely disposed of as appropriate.”
Anyone who breaches the PSPO rules could be fined up to level 2 (defined as £500 by the UK Sentencing Council).
A Thanet council spokesman said: “The Community Safety team and Kent Police currently deal with antisocial Behaviour emanating from alcohol consumption which has a negative impact on the quality of life for residents and visitors to the District.
The PSPO is designed to give officers greater ability to tackle alcohol related anti-social Behaviour in the interests of the wider community, residents, local businesses and visitors to the area.”
PSPOs may be enforced by police officers, police community safety officers and any officers designated by Thanet District Council.
This latest proposal follows the recent consulation to impose PSPO areas that will either ban dogs completely or bring in strict on-lead rules from this October.
A public consultation on the measures opens today (September 12). Views can be submitted via email@example.com before 3 October 2017.
A decision on implementing the3 Public Spaces Protection Order for alcohol control will be taken by Cabinet on 16 November 2017.