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West Norfolk Council launching consultation into alcohol orders in King’s Lynn, Hunstanton and Downham Market





What are your views on the regulations which restrict alcohol consumption in the streets of three West Norfolk towns?

The borough council is launching a consultation asking residents for their views on three Public Spaces Protection Orders which cover Lynn, Hunstanton and Downham.

These do not ban the consumption of alcohol in public places, but they do give the police and other authorised bodies the power to require people to stop drinking – or to surrender their alcohol – if there has been, or is likely to be, alcohol-related disorder.

A consultation into regulations around drinking alcohol in public will be launched next week. Picture: iStock
A consultation into regulations around drinking alcohol in public will be launched next week. Picture: iStock

The current PSPOs cover most of Lynn and Hunstanton, while the whole of Downham is covered.

Mark Whitmore, the borough council’s assistant director for health, wellbeing and public protection, said: "These orders are due to expire at the end of September and, before they can be renewed, we must consult with the public and key stakeholders.

“I recommend that residents look at the existing orders and let us know whether they think the orders should be renewed or allowed to expire."

If renewed, the PSPOs would be effective from October 1 and remain in place for three years.

All three orders can be viewed online from next Tuesday (August 1) at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/haveyoursay – where comments can also be submitted.

The consultation period will then close on August 31.



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