Chandler’s Ford businesses, residents and landlords consulted on drinks ban
Page last updated at 27 May 2016 at 16:04
Consultation on a scheme aimed at preventing drink-fuelled anti-social behaviour in the Chandler’s Ford shopping area is launched next week.
In recent months the anti-social behaviour of a group of daytime drinkers has caused growing concern among retailers and shoppers. Incidents of drunkenness and urinating in public have been reported in the popular local shopping destination.
Eastleigh Borough Council will be asking business-owners, landlords, shoppers, community representatives and residents for their views on the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that could ban drinking on the shopping streets off the main Winchester Road and around the Fryern Arcade.
If approved the PSPO will create a “no drinking zone” in Chandler’s Ford town centre giving police and council officers powers to ask individuals to stop drinking - and to confiscate alcoholic drinks if they are causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour. Many no drinking zones (previously called Designated Public Place Orders) already exist around the country – Eastleigh town centre’s was put in place in 2008.
The six week consultation gets under way Tuesday 31 May and closes on Monday 11 July. The Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury Local Area Committee will take consultation findings into account when they vote on the PSPO at their meeting on Wednesday 14 September.
The council-led Eastleigh Community Safety Partnership will be writing to a range of individuals and organisations seeking their views, but individual residents and people who use the Chandler’s Ford shopping centre can also take part in the consultation by visiting www.eastleigh.gov.uk/PSPO for more information and filling in the questionnaire, emailing CommSafe@eastleigh.gov.uk to request a copy, by writing to: Community Safety, Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, SO50 9YN, telephone 023 8068 8000.