27 January, 2023

Cabinet approves proposal to introduce PSPO to tackle litter and anti-social behaviour in Athelstan and Ethelbert Roads in Margate

Cabinet approved plans to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on Athelstan and Ethelbert Roads at a meeting that took place yesterday (Thursday 26 January).

The PSPO will come into effect on Friday 27 January 2023, for a period of three years. It aims to reduce the amount of litter and rubbish on these streets, as well as address other anti-social behaviour (ASB) including noise nuisance. 

The new rules will apply to anyone in Athelstan and Ethelbert Roads. Explanatory signs will be installed and enforcement officers will have the authority to enforce the rules through Fixed Penalty Notices. 

Cllr George Kup, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Youth Engagement, said: “Reducing the amount of litter and anti-social behaviour in Thanet is a top priority for our residents, and therefore for the council. Unfortunately, despite numerous interventions and ongoing enforcement activity, the dumping of rubbish by some residents and people living elsewhere continues to be a real problem on Athelstan and Ethelbert Roads in particular. It can have a detrimental effect on the people who live and work there, and on the visual appeal of the neighbourhood. 

“The PSPO is part of a wider project being led by the Thanet Multi-agency Task Force. By introducing the PSPO in Athelstan and Ethelbert Roads, council officers and partners including Kent Police will now have the authority to enforce the new rules, helping to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the area. 

“We’re hoping that a community-wide commitment to improving the area will benefit everyone who lives and works there.”

Full details on the PSPO are available on our website.

You can find further information about the Thanet Multi-Agency Task Force on our website

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