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Order protecting the town centre from anti-social behaviour to go live this April

Posted: 29/03/17 by Northampton Borough Council

The town centre’s first Public Spaces Protection Order will be going live on Saturday 1 April 2017, following a consultation with local businesses and residents last year.

The Order, which will replace the existing Gating Orders, Dog Control Orders and Designated Public Place Orders, will protect the town from anti-social behaviour by prohibiting a number of behaviours which are having, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people who live in, work in or visit Northampton town centre.

The behaviours covered by the Order were identified as a priority by people during the consultation period and will include issues such as urinating and defecating in public spaces, keeping dogs on leads, dog fouling and the public consumption of intoxicating substances.

Once the Order is live there will be an initial period of awareness raising and education, and signage will be installed around the town. After this period, anyone breaching the Order would face a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution.

Cllr Jonathan Nunn, the Leader of the Council, said: “Anti-social behaviour can have a really negative effect and is not acceptable, so the implementation of our first Public Spaces Protection Order is a really positive move forward to improving our town centre. We are pleased that the Order reflects the views of our residents and over time, we hope it will not only tackle anti-social behaviour as it happens but also deter such behaviours from reoccurring in the future.”

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