Residents and businesses now have the chance to give their views on regulations aimed at helping tackle anti-social behaviour in Stafford Borough.
The borough council has reviewed existing ‘Public Spaces Protection Orders’ (PSPO) after receiving feedback from shoppers, visitors and businesses in the town centres of Stafford and Stone.
And now a consultation is underway to get people’s comments on proposals to update the current PSPOs before they expire in December.
With the Market Square in Stafford currently undergoing a £1m makeover to attract more events, specialist markets and footfall to the area the borough council wants to address issues that people say puts them off coming into town.
The six-week consultation was given the green light by senior councillors with people being encouraged to have their say at (page no longer available - see Public Space Protection Order). All views will be considered before a final decision on the new orders are made at a meeting of the council later this year.
The orders currently make it an offence for groups to loiter or ride bikes through the pedestrianised area and anyone breaching a PSPO will face a £100 fine. There are also restrictions in relation to drinking alcohol and the number of dogs one person can be in control of.
You can also give your views by emailing email@example.com
Councillor Jill Hood, Cabinet Member for Community, said they had listened to what people had said in preparing the new draft orders.
“I hope everyone who cares about their area will take the opportunity to give us their feedback as part of this consultation.
“We are making significant investment in our borough but that alone will not bring people to the area.
“We want our residents to use our towns, we want new businesses to open, we want visitors to come to the borough to shop, meet friends or family and stay for a drink or something to eat - and to do this we need to make the conditions right, and that is why we want to hear the views of local people and businesses.”
For more information and to take part in the consultation go to (page no longer available - see Public Space Protection Order).
Press Release No 6054