A consultation has been launched by Cheltenham Borough Council on proposals to vary its current Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

Changes would include prohibiting people selling second hand tickets from trading during key horse racing events at Cheltenham Racecourse, including Cheltenham Festival.

A PSPO is designed to prevent individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public area where the behaviour is, or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of others in the locality; and is also persistent or continuing in nature, and unreasonable.

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, says: “We are asking residents, visitors and partners’ views on a proposal to ban ticket touting during key horse racing events in certain part of the town.

“With horse racing events at the racecourse growing in popularity, the problems associated with ticket touting are increasing too. In order for the council and its partners to address this, we are proposing to vary the current Public Spaces Protection Order to include a ‘ban’ on this type of activity so that we can ensure people who visit or live in Cheltenham can do so in an enjoyable and safe way.”

The current PSPO came into force on April 26, 2017. It restricts the public consumption of alcohol in certain parts of the town and places a number of obligations on dog owners.

This amendment is to include a new prohibition on ticket touting during key horse racing events in Cheltenham, these being:

a) The Festival (March)

b) The November Meeting (November)

c) The Showcase (October)

The consultation will close on January 5.

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