New powers for council officers could see fines of up to a thousand pounds for drunk anti-social behaviour in Rhyl town centre.
Denbighshire County Council has set up a Public Spaces Protection Order, running from Marsh Road to the promenade, in a bid to crackdown on such behaviour following complaints from residents and businesses.
£100 fines will be handed out to offenders via fixed penalty notices – but if they fail to comply, police will become involved with the matter. The courts could then issue fines of up to £1,000.
The council was given the power to create a protection order three years ago through the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act. The only other area with a PSPO in force is the Maes Gwilym nature reserve in East Rhyl.
A public consulation on proposals for the town centre order was held last year – it also covers begging likely to cause anti-social behaviour, loitering while drunk or through drug-related activity and defecating and urinating in a public space.
DCC public protection manager Emlyn Jones said: ”We believe this latest initiative will have a positive impact on the local community and will address concerns raised by businesses and residents about antisocial behaviour. The council has additional powers through the PSPO and believe this will have a positive impact on the quality of life for residents.”
District Inspector Alwyn Williams welcomed the order as an additional tactic for police and their partners to tackle anti-social behaviour: ”North Wales Police have successfully pursued other avenues recently by obtaining numerous Criminal Behaviour Orders against key individuals through the court process. This behaviour should not be tolerated and I would encourage the continued support from the community in addressing this matter.”
Signs reminding the public about the protection order have been set up in the area.