Local people are being invited to have their say on proposals aimed at making public spaces across the Derbyshire Dales safer and more enjoyable places to visit.
Your District Council wants feedback on plans to introduce new restrictions on the use of alcohol, barbecues and vehicles in places such as parks, recreation grounds and play areas.
Eighteen months ago the District Council introduced Public Space Protection Orders enforcing dog exclusions and a new dogs-on-leads policy in cemeteries, churchyards and large recreational spaces such as the District Council’s main parks in Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock.
These Orders give council workers powers to issue fixed penalty notices to dog owners who flout the dog rules or fail to remove dog mess left by their animals in public places.
Now a consultation has begun on proposals to renew and extend the 2015 dog Orders and further protect open spaces from people who misuse alcohol, light fires or cause a nuisance and damage by driving vehicles.
A District Council spokesperson said:
"Local people and visitors to our parks, recreation grounds and play areas should be able to enjoy the facilities without being plagued by anti-social behaviour.
“If imposed, the new Orders will give the police and council workers additional powers to confiscate alcohol, issue a fixed penalty notice or a summons to court to anyone misusing or under the influence of alcohol.
“This Order will not represent a ban on public alcohol consumption, it will simply allow for greater control where alcohol is clearly having a detrimental impact.
"Likewise, the ‘no fires’ Order will make it an offence for anyone to light a fire, barbecue or stove of any type except where consent has been given by the District Council. The aim is to create a clean and safe place for all users of the public space and reduce littering and damage to our parks while addressing complaints regarding smoke and hot coal safety.
"Making it an offence for vehicles, including motorcycles, caravans and trailers, to park or drive in protected public spaces will limit the amount of damage caused to parks and open spaces as well as keeping the area a safe place for all users, especially children."
Anyone failing to comply once an Order is in place can be issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice, reduced to £75 if paid early, or risks prosecution. A fine of up to £1,000 can be imposed on conviction in a Magistrates’ Court.
After implementing the dog Orders in 2015, the District Council delivered an educational and promotional campaign to raise awareness, including activity days.
- To take part in the current consultation, which runs until 2 January 2018, residents can view the full list of proposed protected sites on this webpage and email their thoughts to email@example.com or write to: Parks & Streetscene Department, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Town Hall, Matlock DE4 3NN