An order banning persistent begging and street drinking in Clacton town centre has been extended for three years.
The Public Space Protection Order was first introduced in 2007 (then under a different name and legislation), and has been regularly reviewed and extended. It will now be in place until 31 August 2023 after the most recent extension by Tendring District Council (TDC).
As well as banning some activities – including persistent begging, drug taking, or loitering likely to cause anti-social behaviour – the order also allows authorised officers from Essex Police and TDC to confiscate open containers of alcohol and disperse large groups.
Failing to follow the order is an offence in itself, and people can be fined or taken to court.
Lynda McWilliams, TDC Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Chairwoman of the Tendring Community Safety Partnership, welcomed the extension of the PSPO.
“This order is one tool we can use to help keep people safe in Clacton town centre and create a welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike,” Councillor McWilliams said.
“Combined with our joint patrols and partnership working between our Anti-Social Behaviour Officer and police colleagues, the PSPO has proved to be effective over the years and therefore it is right to extend it.
“It is important people understand this is not the whole solution to street drinking or anti-social behaviour, and we will continue to take a wide-ranging approach to tackling this.”