Public asked for views on protection order for Richmond falls

People at the falls in May. Photo: Nigel Galbraith.

Residents are being asked for their views on a proposed public space protection order (PSPO) for the falls at Richmond following this summer’s anti-social behaviour.

However, officials say the order will not come into force until the autumn, if it gets approval.

Large groups have gathered at the beauty spot and the nearby Batts since lockdown restrictions were eased.

Problems of alcohol and drug consumption, littering, lighting of fires and barbecues and other anti-social behaviour have been caused.

The district council has already installed extra cameras to monitor the area and is working with its county council counterparts on enhanced parking enforcement in the area.

Stewards will also be used to oversee activity at peak times, who will be supported by council officers.

However, officials say a PSPO for the falls and he Batts area in Richmond would give designated officers the power to stop anti-social behaviour, fine anyone for their unruly behaviour and prevent certain activities.

Before a PSPO can be put in place, the council are required to undertake a public consultation.

Local residents and businesses can give their views here

The closing date for comments is September 7.

The proposed PSPO would come into effect in the autumn.