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Crackdown on begging, drinking and feeding the gulls in Weymouth

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Published at 9:10am 12th July 2018.

New rules have been drawn up on alcohol, begging and cycling in Weymouth.

The order's been drawn up by the Borough Council following a public consultation.

The Order will be in place in restricted areas within the borough of Weymouth and in Easton Square, Portland and covers the consumption of alcohol in public places, begging, feeding gulls and cycling on the promenade.

Cycling on the promenade

Rules on cycling along the promenade will be relaxed, now only restricting cycling between 10am and 5.30pm from Good Friday to 31 October annually (both dates inclusive). Right of way will remain with pedestrians.

Weymouth Beach

Consuming alcohol in public places

Within the restricted areas, the Order will make it an offence to continue to consume alcohol where a constable or authorised officer has directed someone not to do so, in the reasonable belief that such a direction is necessary to prevent public nuisance, public order or anti-social behaviour. The constable or authorised officer can require anyone to surrender anything which they believe to be alcohol or a container for alcohol. Fixed Penalty Notices may be issued if there is no reasonable excuse not to comply with the requirement.

Intentional feeding of gulls

Within the restricted areas, the Order will make it an offence for any person to provide or deposit food, intentionally, for the consumption of gulls. This measure has been introduced to help tackle the growing problem of gulls causing alarm, annoyance and injury.



New rules banning begging within the restricted area, will also be introduced. Begging issues have been identified by the borough council, police, residents and shop owners, over the last few years. Responses to the public consultation made it clear, measures are wanted to deter begging in the town centre. Begging is already prohibited on the promenade under local Byelaws.

Mike Byatt, Community Safety Briefholder at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: "These measures are designed to make our public places safer, so we can all enjoy them.

"We listened to people's views before making these changes and I'd like to thank everyone who made the effort to have their say. We looked carefully at all the responses and have done our best to take a common sense approach.

"New rules on begging will be introduced, and while we will continue to be sensitive to people genuinely in need of our support, Fixed Penalty Notices will be available if there is no other alternative to tackle the problem of begging.


  • The provisions contained within the PSPO will complement police and other council measures, as well as the multi-agency funded Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) which is soon to be launched.
  • This will see uniformed officers patrolling the streets to tackle anti-social behaviour.
  • The Order also follows the borough council's successful measures last year to tackle littering and dog fouling, through the services of 3GS.
  • The new Order, which replaces the existing rules, will begin on 20 August 2018.


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