Path could close to foil nuisances
An area of Chilham could be closed off after repeated fly-tipping, fish theft and damage.
A consultation has been launched about whether to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) along the AE661 footpath, which leads from Pickelden Lane to Thruxted Lane.
The order would involving gating the area to block access from 6pm to 6am in winter, or 9pm to 6am in summer.
The Ashford Borough Council (ABC) led consultation is active now and will end at midnight on Friday, April 28.
PSPOs are tailored for specific issues, which means anyone carrying out those activities in an area can be prosecuted.
Cllr Brad Bradford, ABC portfolio holder for wellbeing and safety, said: “We have seen the positive effect that similar gating orders have had in the borough on limiting the sort of anti-social behaviour that can have a detrimental impact on local residents and visitors.
“By adopting this PSPO we will be able to address local concerns, making this particular area of Chilham an even more attractive and welcoming place to visit.”
Residents can find out more about the consultation and take part in it at www.ashford.gov.uk/ pspoconsultation.
For people without internet access, hard copies are available at the Civic Centre.