Designated Public Place Orders, which will restrict the consumption of alcohol in public places throughout North East Lincolnshire, will be discussed by Select Committee in February.
Residents of North East Lincolnshire are being offered the chance to express their views on whether alcohol consumption in public places should be restricted through the introduction of a Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) across the borough.
DPPOs give the police extra powers to help them crack down on drinkers who disturb and intimidate other residents through anti-social behaviour.
The order does not ban drinking in public places but allows police officers to ask people to stop drinking when they have reason to believe that alcohol-related nuisance and annoyance is likely to occur. The police also have the power to confiscate alcoholic drinks.
An offence is committed when a request from a police officer to stop drinking is ignored or refused.
The orders will be discussed by the council’s select committee on February 15, 16 and 17, before a report is submitted to the community protection committee by April 4, 2011.
Councillor Les Bonner, chairman of the select committee for drinking in public places, said: “The DPPO is not intended to disrupt people’s peaceful activities but to tackle the anti-social behaviour that can sometimes be associated with drinking in public areas.
“The committee will look at what effect the DPPO would have on the area and its residents, and investigate how the orders have worked in other council areas across the country. We will also be weighing up the potential for improved health in the area.”
Residents who would like to be involved in the decision should fill in a form to submit their written evidence, for or against the DDPA, and return it by noon on Friday, February 11.
Forms are available electronically by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Scrutiny hotline, on (01472) 326134.
Completed forms should be sent to: North East Lincolnshire Council Scrutiny Team, Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HU, business reply license number: RLZE-TTGE-SGRY. No stamp is needed.
Alternatively, people can email their comments directly to email@example.com