The leader of Crawley Borough Council said he was open to considering banning smoking in parts of the town centre.
Peter Lamb (Lab, Northgate) said bans in Queens Square and Memorial Gardens, which were proposed by the leader of the opposition, could improve the area.
He said: “I’m open to considering any potential improvement in the town centre, no matter how small.”
He said the costs of the scheme would depend largely on the level of enforcement necessary to deter smokers.
He was not clear how much the figure would amount to and added there would be costs for signage as well.
Duncan Crow (Con, Furnace Green), who suggested the bans, said: “Following the regeneration, Queens Square will have interactive water features and will be an attractive place for families with children.
“I can see real potential for making Queens Square and the Memorial Gardens more pleasant environments for families if no one smoked.”
He called on people to voice their opinions on the the schemes.
Laura France, on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/crawley.observer), said: “Bad idea it will push people to shop online more and reduce the amount of profit brought into the town which will mean more empty shops and a deserted town.”
David Probett said he was a non-smoker and added: “Smacks of a police state ‘You will do what we tell you!’”
Dan Slim Weston supported the reduction of smoking in public spaces.
He said: “It may not seem fair to smokers and I would agree that it isn’t fair, but I want to see my kids enjoy a world where smoking is frowned upon rather than openly acceptable.”
Juliette Goddard said: “Good idea and the cigarette butts all over Crawley and the gum on the pavements is really bad.”
Alinko Sahbanoic said the bans would be ‘lovely’.
Some criticised the councillor for raising the issue.
Charles Newlands said: “Much easier than making the real decisions like reducing business rates and attracting new businesses and retaining them.”
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