Controlled drinking zones to be extended

Published Tuesday 3 September 2019

Controlled drinking zones, which help prevent anti-social behaviour in public places, are to be extended following a public consultation.

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Alcohol related Anti-Social Behaviour in Market Harborough and Lutterworth town centres has been extended for a further three years.

The PSPO came into effect on the 24 August 2016 enabling the police to deal with anti-social drinking in designated town centre areas.

Under the Order, police are able to remove alcohol from those that are committing or may commit anti-social behaviour. It is not illegal to carry alcohol or to drink alcohol in a public space so long as drinking is done responsibly.

As part of the consultation, a total of 86 responses were received with 93% of people in agreement to extend the PSPO as they felt it had helped to reduce the levels of anti-social drinking.

Councillors approved the report at a Cabinet Meeting on Monday 2 September 2019.

The Cabinet report and full meeting agenda can be viewed on the Council’s website.