Agenda item

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) - Thetford

Report of Executive Member Place, Paul Claussen.

Minutes:

The Communities and Environmental Services Manager outlined the report on behalf of the Executive Member.  An online consultation had been created, as well as paper copies made available within public buildings across the town.  In total, 450 responses had been received. 

 

He went onto explain that the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) would replace the Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) as this gave more flexibility of powers for the police, and did not just relate to alcohol.  The Council had a statutory duty to work in partnership with other agencies to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. 

 

Councillor Cowen asked for the definition of a public place as he felt implementing the PSPO could have an impact on the Riverside area within Thetford.  It was confirmed that the order would not have an impact on the licensed areas.

 

Councillor Bambridge said he had seen that the PSPO covered a large area within Thetford including residential areas, and asked if this would have an impact on residents who wanted to hold garden parties.  The Communities and Environmental Services Manager said that the area had been developed in partnership with the Police who would consider if Anti-Social behaviour was taking place, and therefore would have the powers should they wish to use it.

 

Councillor Crawford supported the PSPO and added that a thorough consultation had been carried out and felt it was much needed within Thetford.

 

Councillor Robinson asked for assurance that the communication strategy was clear across all stakeholders.

 

Councillor Newton appreciated the time and effort that had been put into the report of the PSPO.  However, he reiterated the importance of the continued support of the public required to call 101 to report the street drinking occurrences for the order to succeed.  He asked for assurance that if the proposal was agreed appropriate signage would be placed in the designated area and civil action be taken against resistant drinkers.

 

The Chairman said that the document provided a framework for the remaining market towns to follow.  He added that there were people within local communities who had influence such as communities and ward members to work together to tackle the issues.

 

The Executive Director for Place confirmed that the signage was statutory and would be in place.  He also added that Breckland were the first authority within Norfolk to have an Operational Partnership Board who worked together to tackle anti-social behaviours across the district.

 

Options

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)       Option 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.

 

Reasons

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

 

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

 

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