Richmondshire District Council

Consultation on anti-social behaviour at The Falls

Local people are being asked for their views on the possible implementation of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for a Richmond beauty spot blighted by anti-social behaviour during the recent hot weather.

In recent months large groups have gathered around The Falls and The Batts area and caused significant disruption through alcohol and drug consumption, littering, lighting of fires (barbecues) and anti-social behaviour. The District Council has already installed extra cameras to monitor the area and is working with its county council counterparts on enhanced parking enforcement in the area. Stewards will also be used to marshall activity at peak times – they will be supported by Council officers.

However, a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for The Falls and The Batts area in Richmond would give designated officers the power to stop anti-social behaviour, fine anyone for their unruly behaviour, and prevent certain activities. Before a PSPO can be put in place, the council are required to undertake a public consultation.

Local residents and businesses can raise their concerns about the recent anti-social behaviour via The Falls and The Batts online public consultation

The closing date for comments is Monday 7 September 2020. The proposed PSPO would come into effect in the autumn.

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