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Welcome to this consultation which aims to seek people’s views on our proposed rules for public spaces across the whole of North Somerset. The official name for these rules is Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). These new orders can be made where behaviour is having, or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality. To make an order we must also be satisfied that the behaviour is persistent or continuing nature and is unreasonable.

The PSPOs are also intended to support the council’s ambition to build and sustain great places to live and visit that are vibrant, accessible and safe.

You can read the draft orders for North Somerset and get background information by visiting http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/pspo.

This consultation closes at noon on 31 March 2017.

If you have any questions about the proposals, please contact us by email at pspoconsult@n-somerset.gov.uk or by phone on 01275 888 802.

The North Somerset proposals and this consultation works like this:

Level A: At the top level, there are ten 'North Somerset wide' rules which we propose to apply to any public space (defined as "any land to which the public is entitled or permitted to have access without payment") in North Somerset.

For example we are proposing that it will be a new offence to fail to put a dog on a lead when required to do so in any public space in North Somerset.

Level B: In addition to the ten rules above, there are four 'parks and open space' rules which we propose to apply to all public parks, pleasure grounds, common land, grassed communal areas and beaches.

For example we are proposing that it will be a new offence to 'Light an open fire without the permission of the council' in any park and open space in North Somerset.

Level C: In addition, there are some rules which we propose to apply to specific types of property, across North Somerset:
1) Two rules to apply to any 'children's play area
2) One rule for any 'public museum, library, public convenience or council building'
3) Three rules for any 'council managed designated parking areas'

Level D: In addition to the rules above, we propose to apply specific extra rules which would apply to specific public spaces in North Somerset.

For example, Clevedon Cricket Club is a specific public place which we propose to add an additional rule, namely that it would be a new offence to "Fail to put a dog on a lead".

There are 22 place-specific proposals, across 10 parishes or towns in North Somerset. To comment on these place-specific proposals, at Question 2, choose the option ('the proposals for specific public spaces') and you'll be taken to a choice of places to comment on.

At various places, the draft proposals restrict things "without the written permission of the council". This means whichever council (parish, town or North Somerset) has relevant powers over that public space.

For a list of all the draft proposals for all levels (A to D), see the full set of proposals.

At relevant points in this questionnaire you'll be offered a link to the draft official legal order.

There are separate boxes near the end where you can let us know about the impact of any of these proposals on your commercial activity, dog walking and ability to live life fairly regardless of personal characteristics (age, sex, disability etc).

And/or you can browse a map showing all the affected areas and orders at http://map.n-somerset.gov.uk/PublicSpaceProtectionOrders.html

 Are you responding as...?

Section A: About you
We don't ask your name or address but we are starting with a few questions about you so that we can understand the reach of this consultation and also if and how opinions vary between different areas, ages etc.

 Are you...?
 How old are you ?
 Do you walk a dog at least once a week?
We ask this because so many of the proposals concern dogs, and we're interested in whether and how opinions vary between people with responsibility for dogs (dog walkers) and others.
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