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Public Spaces Protection Orders come into force

Map of the public space protection order for King's Lynn

Published: Thursday, 8th October 2020

Three new Public Spaces Protection Orders which will restrict alcohol consumption in areas of King's Lynn, Hunstanton and Downham Market came into force on 1 October.

The new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) will replace the ones that expired at the end of September. The orders do not ban the consumption of alcohol, but place restrictions on its consumption where that consumption is causing, or is likely to cause, alcohol-related disorder.

The Public Space Protection Orders for King's Lynn and Hunstanton have been extended to cover the majority of the towns. Downham Market already covers the whole town.

Cllr Brian Long, Leader of the borough council, said: "We want to ensure we have some mechanism that means people who are drinking and causing alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in our towns in a way that adversely affects others’ way of life could be asked to stop drinking or surrender their drinks. The consultation we held earlier this year when we were considering making these orders told us that our residents are overwhelmingly in favour of us having these powers”.

The new orders will be reviewed every three years. The orders, including maps that show the area covered, can be viewed on our PSPO page.

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