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Street drinking banned in one Bristol suburb – flouters to face fines

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People who drink outside in Staple Hill at certain times could now face a fine.

A new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is in place for parts of the suburb, in a bid to tackle antisocial behaviour at weekends.

The rare order bans street drinking at certain times on the B4465 Staple Hill between the junctions of High Street with Lower Station Road, and Broad Street with Park Road.

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It also includes the first 50 yards of each road running off this stretch of the B4465.

The order states: “No person in the restricted area shall be in possession of any opened or unsealed bottle or container of alcohol between the hours of 9pm and 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.”

In a Facebook post, Labour’s Staple Hill Councillor Ian Boulton thanked locals who had taken the time to report “late night antisocial behaviour taking place on Staple Hill High Street in recent weeks”.

He said: “As a result of your diligence South Gloucestershire Council together with South Gloucestershire Neighbourhood Policing have now been able to set up a PSPO.”

The order, imposed on June 10, will be in place until at least September 30. The council says it has been made clear to pubs in the restricted area that the ban does not apply to beer gardens.



The restriction zone under the PHPO
The restriction zone under the Staple Hill PHPO

Antisocial behaviour arising from drinking has had “a detrimental effect on the quality of life for those in the locality”, according to the council.

Anyone in breach could face a fixed penalty notice. The council has been asked the value of a fine for breaching the PSPO.

Last October, a council scheme was temporarily put in place in Staple Hill which saw night marshals patrol the area on Friday and Saturday evenings, encouraging punters to act “sensibly”.

The marshals were tasked with identifying those breaking Covid restrictions on gatherings so they could be stopped from buying more alcohol in shops.

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