Sefton Council have launched a public consultation to tackle the issue of ticket touting at the Aintree Grand National after a sharp rise in the practice.
The Local Authority are proposing to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which would make it an offence within a designated area to sell, offer for sale or advertise tickets for the three day event.
Failing to comply with the order would result in ticket touts being required to leave the area for up to 24 hours, as well as being handed a £75 fixed penalty notice.
A consultation will now run until March 10 with residents being asked for their views on the proposed PSPO.
Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “Ticket touting at the Grand National is an ongoing issue and we want to curb this unpleasant practice.
“Touts can be intimidating and their behaviour may cause distress to members of the public and racegoers during what should be a completely enjoyable experience.
“We know through evidence provided to us that there has been a significant increase in the number of touts operating during the event over the last four years.”
John Baker, Managing Director of Aintree Racecourse, said: “We would very much welcome the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order for ticket touting by Sefton Council which would make it an offence to sell, offer for sale or advertise tickets for the Randox Health Grand National outside the racecourse.
“At Aintree we pride ourselves on providing first class customer service and that starts at the perimeter of our racecourse.
“We are grateful for the support of Sefton Council on trying to eradicate these unpleasant, and often criminal, activities of touts and look forward to continuing to work closely with the Council.”
Ward Councillors, Aintree Parish Council, The Jockey Club and local businesses will also be asked to give their views on the consultation.
For more information or to give your views, please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/aintreepspo.
To request a hard copy of the consultation please call 0345 140 0845