Path could close to foil nui­sances

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Starts -

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.

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