Consultation to extend PSPO in Ilfracombe

PSPO signage

North Devon residents are being invited to have their say on measures to combat antisocial behaviour in parts of Ilfracombe.

North Devon Council is seeking to extend the area already covered by Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to include Wildersmouth beach, the Harbour beach and Cheyne beach. The council has launched a consultation for members of the public and businesses to voice their opinions on the proposal.

The PSPO aims to prevent nuisance behaviours such as street drinking, drug use, public urination and aggressive begging, as well as antisocial behaviour that can have a detrimental impact on the local community.

A breach of the PSPO can lead to a £100 fixed penalty, of which failure to pay can result in court proceedings and a fine of up to £1,000.

Chief Executive Officer at North Devon Council, Ken Miles, said: "The extended antisocial behaviour PSPO would allow us to deal directly with conduct that can have a damaging impact on peoples lives, so I would encourage people to take part and have their say. The PSPO empowers the police and our own ASB officers, neighbourhood wardens and street marshals to address negative behaviour and ensure Ilfracombe is a town residents and visitors alike can enjoy safely."

The consultation is now open, and will close at midday on Monday 8 July. The PSPO would come into effect prior to the start of the summer season.

The consultation will be available on the council's website and paper copies can be collected/completed at the following locations:

  • Ilfracombe Centre on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9am–1pm and 2–5pm)
  • Lynton House, Barnstaple (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9am-1pm)
  • The Amory Centre in South Molton (Thursday 9am–1pm and 2–5pm)