Pannier Market closes its doors on anti-social behaviour at night

Posted on: 1 February 2018

Measures to protect one of Barnstaple’s most historic buildings and cut down anti-social behaviour are being put in place today.

Barnstaple Pannier Market will be protected by a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) as from Thursday 1 February, when North Devon Council will be closing the building at night. The PSPO has been put in place to reduce anti-social behaviour and criminal damage to the Grade II listed building.

Last year the council carried out a full public consultation and feedback from neighbouring businesses, market users and the public was overwhelmingly supportive of the plans to apply a PSPO and keep the building closed overnight.

Executive Member for Community Safety, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “There has been a long history of anti-social behaviour in the market at night, with drinking, vandalism and intimidation becoming more and more frequent. This behaviour also spills out into the town and we have had lots of concerning reports from businesses on Butchers Row and Market Street. The decision to install new fire safety doors and keep the building locked at night was really our only option.”

Ward member Adam Bradford says: “It is unfortunate that the anti-social behavior in the Pannier Market at night has become such a problem that we have had no alternative but to support this measure. An unfortunate but necessary solution.”

Chairman of the Pannier Market Traders Committee, Carolyn Read, says: “We’ve been waiting for this day for 20 years and all the traders are pleased with this decision. It means that the market will be secure and traders won’t have to come in and clean up a terrible mess every morning. We would like to thank Councillor Des Brailey and all those who have helped bring this to fruition.”

PC Charlie Northcott, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Barnstaple, says: “We have been working in partnership with the council and Town Centre Management to try and resolve the issues of anti-social behaviour in the market, which we are hoping will be addressed by the night-time closure. We will continue to monitor the situation and work to resolve these issues affecting the town centre.”

From 1 February, the Pannier Market doors will be closed at 6pm each evening and reopened at 5am each morning. The PSPO will not affect authorised evening events in the market.

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