Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) are in place in a number of locations throughout the Borough, prohibiting BBQs and other outdoor temporary cooking on council-owned land, including the beach and surrounding coastal areas. They prohibit using or bringing BBQs into the prohibited area with a view to lighting or cooking on them. Failure to comply with a PSPO is an offence that can be dealt with by a fixed penalty notice of £50 or by the prosecution (maximum fine of £1000). You can see the orders at www.fylde.gov.uk/bbqs.
The orders are due to lapse in July 2022. The council can extend them for a further 3 years if they remain necessary to prevent persistent activities that are having a detrimental effect on the quality of life in the locality. We are keen to understand your views to help us decide whether to extend or amend any or all of the orders. There are eleven PSPOs covering different areas of the borough, and you can comment about any or all of them.
Despite these existing measures, the council has continued to receive complaints about damage caused to park furniture and grassed areas as a result of barbeques and outdoor cooking on gas or charcoal fuelled facilities, particularly in and around Fairhaven Lake, the sand dunes and Lytham Green, but also at other locations across the borough. The complaints have also included nuisance, noise, disturbance and safety risks associated with the use of barbeques and outdoor cooking on gas or charcoal fuelled facilities in public open spaces.
Chairman of the Operational Management Committee for Fylde Council, Councillor Roger Small said:
“Such valuable places need our protection and respect if we are to be able to safely enjoy them. Public Space Protection Orders are a key component of that process, and they will help our wardens and volunteers who maintain the areas on occasions when they need to provide advice to the public. I would urge everyone to share their views with the council via the online consultation on our website.”
The survey must be completed by Tuesday 3rd May 2022 and can be found at www.fylde.gov.uk/consultation
Have your say and let Fylde Council know your views.
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