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Taunton Council Launches Public Consultation on PSPO

Taunton, Somerset- Only a couple of days left for people in Taunton to have their say on the proposed banning of taking legal highs or drinking alcohol in public spaces in the county (*when Public Space Protection Order / PSPO becomes effective).

Taunton Deane Borough Council in a proposal seeking public consultation on intoxicant substances (e.g. legal highs and alcohol) “Public Space Protection Order Taunton Your Views,” is aiming to launch a consultation on the potential for a PSPO covering certain key areas, including the Taunton town center.

If it would be implemented, people would commit an offense if they failed to surrender (alcohol or legal highs), when challenged by the authorities, including the Police Community Support, Police or Council.

The borough council stated that all gathered responses would be treated public information and should avoid identifying property or person. Otherwise, a response might not be accepted a part of the process of consultation or such information might be edited in order to take out such identifying detail.

The purpose of the said proposal is to stop individuals or groups from committing anti-social behavior in a public space and the test include behavior being restricted has to be likely detrimental to affect the quality of life of those in the locality; be continuing or persistent in nature; and be reasonable.

Upon completion, the body will review all the information gathered with police authorities, and during that final stage, a final proposal would be created in relation to a PSPO, if appropriate.

The final proposal will then be published on June 1, 2015, along with signs to display in public for local information. Finally, an ‘Order’ will be created via public relations releases of the Council, but its formal copy will be with the Democratic Services at Deane House.

For interested parties, they can submit responses via email at safeworking@tauntondeane.gov.uk or visit TauntonDeane.gov.uk for information. Closing date will be on April 30, 2015.

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