A COUNCIL has started the process of renewing orders controlling public boozing in five town centres.

They apply in Colne, Nelson, Earby, Barnoldswick and Barrowford.

The five separate Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were made in October 2017 and run out after three years.

On Thursday night members of Pendle Council’s Policy and Resources Committee agreed the begin the process of renewing them as a single order.

In a report borough corporate director Philip Mousdale told the senior councillors: "The single alcohol control PSPO will enable the council and its partners to respond to concerns regarding alcohol related behaviour that is detrimental to the quality of life in town centres and some parks in Pendle including enforcement action.

"Between 2004 and 2010 Pendle Council made five designated public protection orders in relation to the control of alcohol in Colne, Nelson, Earby, Barnoldswick and Barrowford.

"The orders rather than banning the carrying or consumption of alcohol in public places, enable the police to do this with individuals they identified as causing alcohol related crime or disorder. Enforcement is a matter solely for the police."

They will now go out to public consultation.

The authorisation was moved by Pendle Council deputy leader and Craven ward Liberal Democrat Cllr David Whipp who said that while their effectiveness was uncertain it seemed wise to start the process of renewal and see what the public consultation response was.