Proposals by Erewash Borough Council to tackle anti-social drinking in the borough were approved by Council Executive on 8 September.

The introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is part of a partnership effort to curb anti-social behaviour caused by alcohol consumption, which remains a persistent problem within the borough’s town centres. The PSPO will provide ‘authorised officers’ the power to request individuals stop consuming and surrender their alcohol, if they are also causing anti-social behaviour. If the individuals fail to comply with an officer’s request, they can be issued with a fine.

The new three-year PSPO came into force in October 2020. It will replace the existing Designated Public Place Order which was approved in 2008 and covered the whole of Erewash. The new orders are designed to cover specific, troublesome areas within the borough.

Proposed ‘restricted areas’ to be covered by the new PSPO will include:
• Ilkeston town centre and surrounding green spaces including Rutland Recreational Ground and Victoria Park
• Long Eaton town centre and surrounding green spaces including West Park, Dockholme Lock and Petersham Green.

As part of the consultation process, an online survey was conducted by the council earlier this year, with feedback showing overwhelming support in favour of the suggested PSPO restrictions, with some 93% of respondents stating that drinking alcohol in public leads to or may lead to anti-social behaviour. 84% of respondents said that they were likely to avoid the area and 79% being of the opinion that it is likely to cause an increase in violence.

Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, Councillor Val Clare, says:

“The introduction of the new public space protection order will support our community safety partners in dealing with the problem of irresponsible drinking in our towns and open spaces. The public survey, which was completed earlier this year, received over 500 replies from residents and partner organisations in the first two weeks alone which goes to show how strongly public opinion runs with this particular issue.”