UPDATE: Public drinking, 'nuisance' driving and more could be banned from Dartford town centre
PUBLISHED: 15:36 30 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:36 30 January 2017
Dartford town council
Cabinet members met last week
A three-year order banning certain activities could be on its way to Dartford.
Dartford Borough Council’s cabinet met last week to give first approval to £3,000 plans to introduce a Public Space Protection Order.
If approved, a blanket ban on things like public drinking, taking intoxicating substances or ‘nuisance’ driving, could take hold over the town centre.
A public consultation is currently being drafted and expected to be released in the coming months.
Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite said: “I don’t think anyone could possibly complain about the things we’re trying to tackle particularly offering some protection around important public places such as the war memorial, or cracking down on group public drinking.
“I’m quite relaxed about people drinking in the park on a nice summer’s day, but it’s the behaviour that can come with that.”
The order has a focus on cutting down on groups of drivers meeting late at night.
A council document reads: “The Community Safety Unit (CSU) has become aware of anti-social behaviour and the anti-social use of vehicles within Dartford Town Centre.
“CCTV footage shows large groups of young people, who are normally associated with a vehicle, gathering, and engaging in antisocial behaviour which has been particularly prevalent in Westgate Car Park, Kent Road.”
The order hopes to ban people in vehicles meeting in the town centre overnight “for racing or preparing motor vehicles for displaying or racing”.
It also hopes to ban ‘nuisance’ revving of engines and using horns as well drivers performing stunts or playing music too loud.
In a draft, the order goes on to suggest ban people taking, carrying or selling so-called ‘intoxicating substances’. This would not include prescription medication, cigarettes or food.
Anyone caught breaking the order could face a £100 fine.
A public consultation is expected to take place in the coming months. What do you think? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.