Residents in Kettering are being asked for their views on the creation of a zone where police and council officers will have increased powers to deal with noise nuisance and anti-social behaviour.
The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) would cover the town centre and adjacent residential areas to the north and east, as shown in the accompanying map.
PSPOs were created by the 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, to deal with any nuisances or problems in a particular area that affects the local community’s quality of life. A PSPO imposes conditions on how an area can be used, with an aim of preventing anti-social behaviour in public spaces.
A spokesman for the council said: “The problems we are looking to address fall into the categories of public nuisances, alcohol consumption and rowdy behaviour, and obstruction.
“These cover a wide range of issues we would like to take steps to improve, such as on-street begging, anti-social parking, skateboard nuisances and an extension of the current on-street alcohol ban.
“One order can prohibit drinking alcohol as well as begging. Enforcement can be undertaken by council officers and other groups designated by the council, but principally police officers and PCSOs.
“In Kettering, there is already a dog control order for the whole Borough, which we are not planning to change.”
A questionnaire about the order, as well as a map of the areas it will cover, can be found at www.kettering.gov.uk/publicspacesprotectionorder
Shirley Plenderleith, head of community services at Kettering Council, said: “A PSPO will give powers of enforcement to allow us to tackle the issues that are particularly relevant to Kettering town centre.
“The council is looking to take these measures to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors to the town.”
Councillor Derek Zanger added: “I’m delighted we’re doing this and I would like to encourage local residents to take part in this consultation. This is about taking joint responsibility for our town centre, whilst also allowing people to enjoy it in the way in which they want.”