Local people are being invited to have their say on proposals aimed at ensuring public spaces across the Derbyshire Dales remain clean, green and safe places to visit.
Derbyshire Dales District Council wants feedback on plans to renew its Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) which put restrictions on the use of alcohol, barbecues and vehicles in places such as parks, recreation grounds and play areas. They also include dog exclusions and a dogs-on-leads policy in cemeteries, churchyards and large recreational spaces such as the District Council’s main parks in Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock.
A PSPO means that anti-social behaviour can be dealt with by the issuing of a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) and Derbyshire Dales District Council Enforcement Staff.
The current PSPOs were adopted on 1 November 2018 and are now due for renewal.
A District Council spokesperson said:
“We are required to review the existing measures and seek the views of others, which we will take into account alongside data and evidence gathered, as any new Orders must be supported by evidence.”
Proposals include the continuation of dog exclusion orders in all existing areas and where not already included, adding enclosed play areas. Removing dog control orders in cemeteries and burial sites. Continuing with alcohol control orders in the five main town recreational grounds only. Removing the prohibition of driving or parking and prohibition of fires and barbecues on parks and open spaces, apart from Stanton Moor where we are proposing to introduce a PSPO prohibiting fires and barbecues.
To take part in the current consultation, which runs until 22 November 2021, residents can view the full list of proposed protected sites online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/PSPO