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The following is a Press Release by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council issued on the 20th May 2020 regarding Public Spaces Protection Orders in the Borough
which includes the Markfield Community Park

The Order will protect public spaces

Rules that help tackle problems associated with public drinking, the taking of drugs and so called "legal highs" in all public areas of the Borough have been renewed by the Borough Council.

Councillors voted unanimously to renew the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for a further three years after the public supported it in a consultation held in the Autumn last year.

First introduced in the Borough in 2016 the PSPO is a measure created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and intended to deal with activities carried out in a public space that have a detrimental effect on the local community's quality of life.

Signs and maps where relevant are installed innparks and other places to warn potential offenders that restrictions are in place with the aim of preventing individuals or groups commiting anti-social behaviour in public spaces. A breach of the PSPO is a criminal offence and can result in a 100 fixed penalty fine. More serious offences can lead to prosecution with a maximum fine of 1,000.

The same legislation is also used to tackle irresponsible dog owners who do not pick up after their pets or who do not have have their pets under control, as well as helping to prevent a wider range of environmental nuisances that are currently tricky to monitor and regulate.

Councillor Michael Mullaney, Executive Member responsible for Community Safety said, "The updated and renewed given by the PSPO will ensure our main priorities of tackling anti-social behaviour can be enforced. We are also pleased that individual Parishes have also identified and targeted specific areas to be included in the order. It is just a small part of the work which is going on all of the time to make the Borough a safe place that people will want to live, work and visit".

Councillor Bill Crooks, Executive Member for Street Scene Services, Parks and Open Spaces added, "Parks and open spaces are there foe everybody's enjoyment, but some activities and behaviour can create a nuisance to other park users. After consulting with our residents we've now  identified the real nuisance behaviour and effectively banned it which will make all our parks and open spaces more enjoyablefor everyone to use".

The Order for Hinckley and Bosworth will prohibit the use of so called "legal highs" and the consumption of alcohol if the consumers are behaving anti-sociallyor causing alarm or distress to other residents.

At the same timethe Order requires dog owners to pick up after their dogs under control when on nd off the lead.

Holycroft Park dogs to be kept on a lead has been extended and will now include the tennis courts, bowling green, the pitch and putt and the band stand areas.

Ashby Road Cemetary reamins dogs on leads throughout the entire site.

Nine Parish Councils are now included within the order and have opted for certain rules within their green spaces. These include Bagworth and Thornton, Markfield, Newbold, Peckleton, Ratby, Sheepy, Stanton Under Bardon, Twycross and Witherley.

All of the rules within this order have been supported by the consultation

For more information call the Borough Council on 01455 255971 or email: streetscene@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

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