Following public consultation, Basildon Borough Council working with the Community Safety Partnership designated Basildon Town Centre and the surrounding areas as being subject to a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO). Following change in the legislation this has now become a Public Space Protection Order.
The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 allowed local authorities to take action against anti-social drinking by applying for a Designated Public Place Order. The Order provides Police Officers and PCSOs the power to require a person to stop and surrender their alcohol for disposal, if they have been, are or intending to drink alcohol in public places when its consumption is associated with anti-social behaviour. Failure to comply with the request could lead to arrest or a fine up to £500.
The order is not a ban on alcohol consumption altogether and it only becomes an offence to carry on drinking if an officer asks you to stop. This means the powers will not affect anyone drinking responsibly but if a person refuses to give up their alcohol having been asked by a police officer they could be arrested and fined up to £500.
The original order was introduced following an increase in reports of anti-social drinking in the Basildon Town Centre and surrounding areas.
The key aims are to: