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1 June 2015, 06:56
Measures to tackle anti-social behaviour caused by a small minority of people who are street drinking to excess, have been introduced by Cambridge City Council.
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) have come into force for Mill Road Cemetery, Petersfield Green and the front garden of Ditchburn Place, off Mill Road.
Public space protection orders are new powers that were brought in last October as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. From today, they enable the council to impose conditions on the three areas such as giving local police extra powers for prohibiting street drinking.
The council ran a consultation on the PSPOs after councillors gave the go-ahead in principle on 13 February.
The consultation showed that although there was a range of views on the proposed orders, a clear majority of respondents (68%) said they were in favour of the PSPOs for all three locations which regularly experience anti-social behaviour linked to excessive street drinking, including further incidents in the last month.
The police were also consulted and provided a further detailed statement in support of the new orders.
Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, said:
"It's simply not acceptable for the behaviour of a small number of individuals to continue to prevent others from sharing these spaces. People expect the council to take action to deal with problems so it is right that we make use of the tools at our disposal like these PSPOs.
"I am confident that parents who want to take their children to Petersfield play park, older residents entitled to enjoy their garden at Ditchburn Place, and those seeking out the peace and tranquillity of Mill Road Cemetery will benefit from this new order.
"The police have been clear that they will intervene only where excess drinking is causing a nuisance or is likely to."
But Tim Bick, Leader of the city council's Liberal Democrats says he's worried people out enjoying a picnic, or getting together for just one or two drinks, will be put off enjoying themsleves.
He says "The posters will have the effect of intimidating the general public from the peaceable consuption of alcohol, if they want a glass of wine or a beer with friends, or a picnic."