Decision details

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) - Thetford

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To summarize the results of the consultation for the proposal to implement a PSPO in respect of Thetford Town Centre and to recommend implementation of a PSPO informed by the consultation

Decision:

It was RESOLVED that:

1)     Members note the results of the consultation exercise (Appendix A)

 

2)     Members approve Option 2 and agree to proceed with the implementation of the PSPO for the restricted area (Appendix B) prohibiting the following activities:

 

a)                   Consumption of alcohol in a public place

b)                   Urination and defecation in a public place

c)                    Use of a bicycle, skateboard or scooter in a pedestrianised zone

 

3)     Members approve Option 3 and agree to delegate authority to the Executive Director Place in consultation with the Executive Member Place, to carry out variations to any implemented PSPOs

 

Reasons for the decision:

The Council has a statutory duty to work in partnership with other agencies to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.  The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour, one of which being the power to implement Public Spaces Protection Orders.

 

The consultation exercise has evidenced significant support from all stakeholders for the proposed PSPO to be implemented.

 

Alternative options considered:

1)     Do nothing. This will mean that the existing Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) will remain in place until 20 October 2017. At this point it will automatically become a Public Spaces Protection Order (to address alcohol in public) without the need for any additional action on the part of the Council.

 

2)     Proceed with the implementation of the PSPO for the restricted area (Appendix B) prohibiting the following activities:

 

a)    Consumption of alcohol in a public place

b)    Urination and defecation in a public place

c)    Use of a bicycle, skateboard or scooter in a pedestrianised zone

 

3)     Delegate authority to the Executive Director Place in consultation with the Executive Member Place, to adapt existing PSPOs.

 

Report author: Stephen James

Publication date: 11/07/2017

Date of decision: 10/07/2017

Decided at meeting: 10/07/2017 - Cabinet

Effective from: 19/07/2017

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