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Views sought on parks idea

A new crackdown on yobs in parks around the Bognor Regis area has been proposed by Arun District Council.

 

The council is considering creating a public spaces protection order to cover the parks and foreshores which it owns.

 

These include Hotham Park in Bognor Regis, Aldwick’s West Park and Avisford Park in Rose Green.

 

The order would ban camping, restrict the use of alcohol when it is linked to nuisance behaviour and prohibit anti-social behaviour in the open spaces.

 

Any person found guilty of breaching an order will be liable to a fine not exceeding £1,000 or a fixed penalty notice of £100.

 

Residents’ views about the proposed order are being sought by the council.

 

The consultation is running alongside Arun’s request for the public to comment about the possible renewal of the existing public space protection order in the district’s town centres.

 

Cllr Gill Yeates, Arun’s cabinet member for community wellbeing, said:

 

“We are working closely with Sussex Police, partner organisations and residents to reduce anti-social behaviour in our town centre.

 

“Feedback from businesses and the public indicates that they believe street drinking in Littlehampton and Bognor Regis town centres causes anti-social behaviour and adversely affects enjoyment of the areas.

 

“We are encouraging residents, and people who work in the area, to take part in the consultation to let the council know their views.

 

“Their opinions matter and will help to decide whether an order is needed and how it should look.”

 

The current order bans the drinking of alcohol and allows authorised officers to confiscate open containers containing, or believed to contain, alcohol.

 

Behaviour which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public is also banned by the order.

 

It contains the discretionary power as well for authorised officers to move on anyone engaged in anti-social behaviour or who they reasonably believe may be likely to cause a public nuisance.

 

Cycling within specified areas of the the town centres is also banned under the order.

 

The current order expires in March, 2020, after its maximum period of three years, and needs to be reviewed by Arun if it is to continue.

 

The council wants to hear from as many people as possible if they think the new orders will be relevant. The consultation lasts until mid-day on October 24.

 

The responses to the consultation will be reported to the council’s cabinet of senior councillors this December.

 

They will decide if the creation of the orders should be recommended to the full council early next year.

 

Views can be given online at the council’s website: arun.gov.uk

 

Hard copies of the consultation can also be obtained from Bognor Regis Town Hall and the Arun Civic Centre in Littlehampton.

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