There is still time for residents and businesses to give their views on regulations aimed at helping tackle anti-social behaviour in Stafford Borough.
Stafford Borough Council has reviewed existing ‘Public Spaces Protection Orders’ (PSPO) after receiving feedback from shoppers, visitors and businesses in the area.
A six-week consultation comes to an end this month with the local authority encouraging comments from the community on proposals to update the current PSPOs before they expire in December.
The council wants to address issues that people say puts them off coming into town - with the Market Square in Stafford currently undergoing a £1m makeover to attract more events, specialist markets and footfall to the area.
Residents and businesses can have their say until Thursday 31 August from Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) Consultation | Stafford Borough Council (staffordbc.gov.uk) with all views considered before a final decision on the new orders are made at a meeting of the council later this year. The council has received more than 70 responses to date. You can also give your views by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Councillor Jill Hood, Cabinet Member for Community, said they had listened to what people had said in preparing the new draft orders.
“Thanks to all those who have already taken part in this consultation - and for those who have not, there is still time left to make your views known.
“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 businesses to invest, 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. That is why I’d urge those in the community to give us feedback before the consultation closes.”
For more information and to take part in the consultation go to (page no longer available - see Public Space Protection Order).
Press Release No 6063