We have launched a consultation with residents and businesses on a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Doncaster town centre.
The aim of the proposed PSPO is to address a number of concerns relating to begging and anti-social behaviour in the town centre. It is part of a wide-ranging programme of measures which offer support services for vulnerable people in need, whilst addressing the issues with those individuals, who choose to engage in anti-social behaviour.
The issue of homelessness, rough sleeping and begging is an issue in many towns and cities across the country. This can only be resolved by the cooperation of all agencies, local authorities, the Government, volunteer groups and the public. Only by working together can we go some way to support those who need our help the most.
We are, and have always been, committed to working hard to support those who find themselves homeless, rough sleeping or begging in Doncaster.
We know that people who find themselves homeless, rough sleeping or begging often have complex lives and there is not a one size fits all approach to providing support. This is why the council and its public service partners have set up a new multi-agency Complex Lives Alliance to ensure that those who need and want support receive it.
This alliance has a front line team which helps people find appropriate accommodation and supports them if they have problems with addiction, mental health and finance. Encouraging them to access support and services helps them to break the cycle of behaviour and vulnerability they can be locked into.
The new measures detailed in the proposed PSPO have the backing of South Yorkshire Police and are also considered vital to support local businesses; ensuring people are not deterred from visiting the town centre.
The proposed PSPO will give those who need it that push to take up the support we have available for them. The focus of the enforcement will be on guiding people, to help them stop the behaviours detailed in the order and to help them get access to services and support they need.
If a PSPO is introduced, it would mean that the following acts would be prohibited:
- Requesting money, donations or goods, including through placing of hats, clothing or containers
- Loitering around pay machines (including banks, supermarkets) unless waiting to legitimately use them
- Returning to the Town Centre within 24 hours after being requested to leave by an authorised officer due to them behaving in a manner causing or likely to cause harassment, alarm, distress, nuisance or annoyance
- Congregating in a group of three or more people and behave in a manner causing or likely to cause harassment, alarm, distress, nuisance or annoyance to any person within the Town Centre
- Consuming alcohol other than at licensed premises or being in possession of any opened vessel containing alcohol in any public place in the Town Centre
- Ingest, inhale, inject, smoke or otherwise use intoxicating substances within the Town Centre or possess any item that can be used to assist in the taking of intoxicating substances
- Urinating or defecating other than in public toilets
- Camping or sleeping overnight with or without a tent, or using a vehicle, caravan or any other structure in a public place
- Making approaches to people with the intention of entering into any arrangements which involve people making future payments for the benefit of charity, access to credit or other purposes – unless authorised by the Council
- Loitering, standing around, touch or interfere with any parking equipment, in the Town Centre
Please read the document below which provides you with more information on the proposed PSPO:
- PSPO consultation document
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A map of the designated areas in the town centre where the proposed PSPO would apply is available below.
- Designated area for prohibitions to apply
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Have your say
We would like to hear your views on this proposal and encourage you to take part in the consultation.
Once you have read the above document please let us have your views here:
Paper copies are also available in libraries across the borough, the Civic Office in Waterdale and the Tourist Information Centre on the High Street. Please complete them and hand them over to the reception staff.
The consultation runs until Tuesday 26 September 2017.