Students in Nottingham have questioned why Nottinghamshire Police have banned alcohol in public spaces.
The announcement that police or council officials would seize alcohol from people found to be breaking the rules came as a surprise to many; however, the rules have been in place for a number of years.
Council Leader David Mellen said earlier in the week that there would be a more active police presence in areas such as the Arboretum and Forest Recreation Ground after large crowds were seen causing a large disturbance to local residents as they left litter scattered across the parks.
The “appalling scenes”, as described by Council Leader David Mellon, has resulted in Nottingham City Council closing Nottingham Arboretum and Lenton Recreation Ground, and have reminded the public about the existing Public Space Protection Orders.
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) were introduced in 2014 as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act by the Coalition Government.
They are often partnered with a designated public place order (DPPO), which operates in a similar way.
What does a Public Space Protection Order do?
The laws give local authorities the power to place conditions over how public space is used and applies to everyone using that space – including students.
PSPOs can cover all types of anti-social behaviour, such as drinking in a public space.
There are conditions that must be satisfied for a PSPO to be put in place. The activities carried out within the area must have a detrimental effect to the quality of life on the residents of the area, and the local authority must consult with the local police Chief before issuing the order.
Someone who fails to comply with the order could receive a fine or fixed penalty notice. These orders last three years unless they are renewed by the local authority.
The DPPO banning the consumption of alcohol in the Arboretum Park and Forest Recreation Area came into force in May 2008 and has been continually renewed.
Nottingham City Council extended the powers until 2023, but they are likely to be further extended.
Earlier today (March 31) Cllr Mellen announced that Nottingham’s Arboretum and Lenton Recreation Ground would be closed to the public.
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By Kieran Burt
Lead Photo: Rebecca Langton