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Ban on drinking alcohol at Leatherhead park

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Ban on drinking alcohol at Leatherhead park

Published at 3:39pm 1st March 2017.

An increase in anti-social drinking at a Leatherhead recreation ground has been addressed.

Now there is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in place at the Kingston Road Recreation Ground banning anyone from drinking alcohol there.

It is after 95% of respondents to a consultation asked for the action to be taken.   

Close to 200 residents completed the consultation which ran from December 2016 into the New Year.

Mole Valley District Council and Surrey Police says the PSPO has been extended to include the North Leatherhead Community Centre.

It prohibits anyone from drinking alcohol or using illegal substances in these areas, with the exception of licenced premises.

CCTV cameras will monitor the area as well as police patrols.

Thanks to funding from Surrey County Council through the Local Committee, a second CCTV camera has been installed, providing total surveillance of the areas concerned.

Councillor Lucy Botting, Executive Member for Wellbeing, said: “Involving and listening to our residents is so important in how we make decisions.

"We were in no doubt after hearing the concerns of the local community in this instance that we needed to take action.

"As a Council we will continue to use appropriate powers and enforcement to ensure our communities and open spaces remain safe and free from crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Inspector Richard Hamlin, Mole Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I’m delighted that the PSPO has been obtained for Kingston Road Recreation Ground.

"It’s a place that local people should be able to use and enjoy without having to endure mindless acts of anti-social behaviour from a few individuals.

"I’m hopeful that the Order will put an end to the anti-social drinking and illegal substance use we’ve seen in the past and ensure that the Rec can be used by the local community for the purposes it was created for.”

Should anyone be identified consuming alcohol or using illegal substances, they will be in direct violation of the PSPO and risk being prosecuted.

For more information and to view a map of the area the PSPO covers, visit www.molevalley.gov.uk/pspo.

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