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Council Cabinet to consider further Prevention of incidents of alcohol related anti-social behaviour in public spaces

  (Large crowds gathered at Ogmore-By-Sea this evening where a number of fights took place)

The Vale of Glamorgan Councils Cabinet will today consider further agree control and management arrangements aimed at preventing incidence of alcohol related anti-social behaviour in public spaces across the County.

In a report, which will be presented to the Council's Cabinet today (27th July) it states "The Council does not tolerate Anti-Social Behaviour on its Resorts and Public Spaces, it will be necessary to add Cosmeston Country Park, Porthkerry Country Park, Penarth Pier and Esplanade and Ogmore beach and surrounds to include these areas as part of the restricted areas covered by the existing Order, where there has been incidents over the summer and where Council Officers and the Police had limited ability to manage anti-social behaviour as a result of alcohol consumption within these areas."

The changes, which are expected to be agreed will enable the Council and the Police to provide a proportionate and robust response to addressing areas of alcohol related anti-social behaviour across all areas of the Vale of Glamorgan.

As part of the changes, a 6-week consultation process will take place over the summer covered by the Order in place, in addition to the proposal to vary it by increasing the number of restricted areas covered under it and prepare a report for the next Council meeting for consideration.

Recommendations

  • 1. That Cabinet agree to the proposal to vary the existing Public Spaces Protection Order (“PSPO”) by increasing the restricted areas covered by it as detailed within the report and which will be presented to Full Council for future consideration.
  • 2. That Cabinet endorse the commencement of a 6-week Consultation on all restricted areas proposed to be included in the existing Public Space Protection Order and current restricted areas included within it, in respect of Alcohol related Anti-Social Behaviour.
  • 3. That Cabinet agree that the outcome of the Consultation and any proposed Public Space Protection Orders, to be varied and increased be reported to Council including any further recommendations for consideration.
  • 4. That Cabinet agree the use of article 14:14 (urgency procedure) in respect to

Speaking about plans earlier this month, the Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cllr Neil Moore, said:  

“We need to ensure that our coastal resorts and tourist destinations remain attractive and are equipped to offer a quality visitor experience, without having a detrimental impact on residents and communities.

"Our car parking infrastructure is being modernised and I have allocated money in this year’s budget to provide better parking management of surrounding residential areas where it is needed. We are seeking to address these issues as quickly as possible, given the significant increase in visitors to the Vale coast.


“Tourism plays a vital role in the Vale of Glamorgan’s economy and the Council is committed to supporting and further developing the local tourist and visitor experience whilst at the same time minimising impact on our residents who live and work in our coastal towns and villages.”   

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