Further consultation on proposal to close Pannier Market at night
Posted on: 31 January 2017
North Devon Council is carrying out further consultation on proposals to close Barnstaple Pannier Market at night.
The council, which owns the market, intends to exercise a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which would restrict people from gathering in the market by closing public access in the evenings and overnight.
A public consultation was carried out late last year to find out what local businesses, residents and stakeholders thought of the proposal. Following this exercise, the PSPO has been amended to reflect public concerns regarding anti-social behaviour in the market at night.
As significant changes have been made to the original PSPO, a further consultation will now be carried out. Have your say online at www.northdevon.gov.uk/consultations.
Executive Member for Community Safety, Councilor Pat Barker, said: “We had a good response to our first consultation and following some changes, we are now carrying out a further consultation on the proposed Order. Because there is a public right of way through the market, we aren’t able to close it at night without applying the PSPO. Due to the amount of anti-social behaviour going on in the market at night, including vandalism, drinking and even arson, we are very keen to protect the building and the public by closing it at night.”
The consultation on the amended PSPO begins on Thursday 2 February until Thursday 27 April 2017. Have your say online at www.northdevon.gov.uk/consultations or write to Pannier Market PSPO Consultation, North Devon Council, PO Box 379, Barnstaple, EX32 2GR.Posted in: Economy