Order aims to tackle booze-fuelled bad behaviour on Exmouth beach

Residents are being asked for their views on a bid to crack down on booze-fuelled bad behaviour on Exmouth beach.

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District council chiefs have launched a consultation over plans to extend a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which already covers part of the town centre.

Begging and use of public places as a toilet will also be targeted if the initiative is given the go-ahead.

The authority says it is considering the move due to an increase in alcohol-related antisocial antics.

It would restrict certain activities such as:

  • Possessing an intoxicating substance including alcohol;
  • Urination and defecation within a street or public place;
  • Aggressive requests for money;
  • Intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) says the PSPO does not ‘ban’ alcohol at proposed locations.

But it added the measure is ‘a tool for police and authorised council staff to be able to deal with people who may be deemed as behaving in an antisocial way’.

Rules are have been in place in The Strand, Magnolia Centre, Station car park, Manor Gardens, and The Plantation areas since May 2020.

It is proposed the order is extended to the mean low tide mark on Exmouth beach, as well as some surrounding spaces.

Councillor Nick Hookway, EDDC portfolio holder for culture, tourism, leisure and sport, said: “The Public Space Protection Orders in Exmouth have proven to be successful for several years, but to reduce antisocial behaviour further, the recommendation is to include the beach itself.

“By extending these orders to include the beach, it will provide that extra reassurance for Exmouth residents and visitors that any antisocial behaviour can be dealt with speedily and effectively.

“I encourage you to take this opportunity to give your views in the consultation.”

The deadline for comments on the mooted PSPO extension is 5pm in June 20.

They can be emailed to pspoconsultation@eastdevon.gov.uk or sent by post to: Environmental Health, East Devon District Council, Blackdown House, Border Road, Heathpark Industrial Estate, Honiton, EX14 1EJ.