EVIDENCE of anti-social behaviour on Gyllyngvase Beach is being gathered by Falmouth town council so that a protection order can be put in place.

In his report to Falmouth Town Council last week, town clerk Mark Williams said it was hoped that once the evidence was presented to Cornwall Council a Public Space Protection Order (PSPBO) could be enacted.

He told councillors that the order would protect the beach from people lighting open fires and committing anti-social behaviour.

He said the order had originally been requested by councillor Bob O’Shea and Cornwall councillor Geoffrey Evans.


He said the report had to be compiled, because the county council wanted hard evidence, rather than the anecdotal evidence they were presenting, so it could see if a Public Space Protection Order was warranted.

Mr Williams told councillors they now just needed to be put into a form to be submitted to Cornwall Council and hopefully there would be sufficient content there to take it forward.

"Cornwall Council wanted evidence rather than anecdotal evidence that we were presenting," he said. "They wanted a body evidence to see whether a PSBO was warranted.

"So we have collated that work and just need to put it in a form to be submitted to the council and hopefully there is sufficient content there for them to take it forward." 

The public spaces protection order (PSPO) is intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community's quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area. The order could also be used to deal with likely future problems.