Plans to extend the night time closure of Barnstaple’s Pannier Market are being put to the public.

North Devon Council is carrying out a consultation on the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for the market.

The council introduced the PSPO in February, preventing access to the market between 6pm and 5am in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour and prevent damage to the Grade II listed building.

The initial year-long order expires on January 31, 2019, but the council is now hoping to make a new one lasting three years, with the same rules prohibiting the consumption of drugs and alcohol, littering, ball games, skateboarding and anti-social behaviour.

The consultation runs until January 4, 2019.

NDC’s executive member for community safety, Councillor Pat Barker, said: “Due to the amount of anti-social behaviour going on at night we were very keen to close the doors overnight, to protect both the public and the building.

“As there is a public right of way through the building we weren’t able to close it without a PSPO, which was initially in place for one year.

“We would like to apply a further order to keep the market closed at night, under the same terms as before, for a period of three years rather than one.”

You can take part in the consultation by visiting the council’s website.