EASTBOURNE Borough Council has renewed four Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) to prevent street drinking and control dogs. 

PSPOs are measures councils can use to protect the community from anti-social behaviour and they restrict what people can do in specific areas. 

The four orders, which were put in place in 2017 for three years, were due to expire this month unless renewed. They now run until 2023 and ban the following: 

· consumption of alcohol in any street in Eastbourne town centre 

· dog fouling in any public area of the borough 

· dogs being off the lead in certain areas of the borough either at all times or at certain times of the year 

· dogs entering specified areas of the borough either at all times or at certain times of the year 

Breaching an order can result in a fine of up to £1,000 or prosecution. 

Councillor Rebecca Whippy, Cabinet member for Disabilities and Community Safety, said: “It is important that residents continue to enjoy living and working in our beautiful town without the blight of dog mess or anti-social behaviour related to street drinking. 

“While we are a nation of animal lovers, there are some places where it is not appropriate to bring dogs or they need to be on leads. These four orders have been extended so that our community remains a safe and pleasant place for residents.” 

The decision to renew the PSPOs follows a public consultation held during September and October this year, in which 89% of respondents believed the orders were needed to prevent these types of anti-social behaviour. 

Councillor Whippy added: “The consultation showed broad support for these orders and I would like to thank all those who took the time to participate.”