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Anti-social behaviour scheme could continue if public agree

Public consultation is set to be carried out about extending a measure to tackle anti-social behaviour in Bognor Regis.

 

Arun District Council’s cabinet member for community wellbeing, Cllr Gill Yeates, is due to agree to ask for people’s views on ensuring the current public space protection order continues.

 

The order, which covers most of the urban Bognor Regis area, expires on March 31. For it to carry on, Arun has the legal duty to carry out consultation, publicity and notification.

 

Cllr Yeates was due to make her decision yesterday about going ahead with consultation later this year.

 

A statement by Robin Wickham, the group head of community wellbeing at the council, says: “The cabinet member for community wellbeing is requested to authorise officers to undertake public consultation in 2019 to fulfil this statutory requirement and prepare the necessary reports to support the council’s formal decision process before the expiration date of the current order.”

 

The order allows police and authorised Arun officers to take away open alcohol containers from those who are behaving anti-socially.

 

They can also disperse groups of people who are being disruptive. Those who refuse can be arrested and fined.

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