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Tunbridge Wells council is considering curfews and alcohol bans in the town’s beauty spot

Curfews, alcohol bans and fishing restrictions could be enforced at beauty spots after reports of antisocial behavior escalate. Tunbridge Wells City Council has tried to crack down on troublemakers in its parks and open spaces.

The authority is now considering implementing various measures at Sherwood Lake and St John’s Park.

Both areas experienced issues ranging from drunkenness, fighting, swearing, littering, and dog and human feces.

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Sherwood Lake is popular with nearby residents and has even attracted a strong fishing community.

However, this has been marred by an increase in anti-social behaviour, culminating in the death of a cormorant, who was allegedly shot with an air rifle last year.

Some complaints have been linked to the behavior of anglers, but the council is considering setting up an approved fishing club which it hopes will help solve this problem.

Meanwhile, St John’s Park, which has a bowling green, tennis courts and a small skatepark, has drawn late-night noise complaints. This led to calls for action and the council held consultations last year to discuss what residents felt should be done in the parks.

Now, in response, the council has proposed implementing public space protection orders (PSPOs) at both parks.

At Sherwood Lake, alcohol would be banned and fishing would be prohibited from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. along the west side of the lake.

Meanwhile, a curfew in St John’s Park would be in place from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., with the council also able to lock down the park if necessary. If approved, the PSPOs could be in place by the end of April.

A plan for another PSPO to stop loitering in the city’s multi-storey car parks is also on the table. These measures were due to be discussed at a council community meeting on Wednesday, March 30.