Decision next week on extending powers to improve Doncaster town centre

Next week Mayor Ros Jones and her Cabinet will consider renewing existing powers to tackle anti-social behaviour as part of an on-going plan to improve the safety and vibrancy of Doncaster town centre.

They are being asked to consider the outcome of an extensive public consultation and approve a proposal to extend the current Town Centre Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). This will complement the wider plans to manage and regenerate the town centre and continue its improvement journey, making it an attractive and welcoming place for all.

The proposal is on the back of strong public support after over 1,000 residents and businesses responded to a recent consultation asking if they felt the powers were still required.

Phil Holmes, Director of Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said:

“We all want to see Doncaster town centre thrive and there have been big improvements in recent years. The Urban Centre Masterplan is seeing many major regeneration schemes delivered and millions of pounds of new investment and our integrated town centre management approach is making a real difference too. This proposed enhanced PSPO is just one part of that jigsaw providing us with the powers to deal with anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

“The proposed order is more than just tackling the negative behaviours of a small minority of people in our town centre. It’s about improving the health and wellbeing of some of our most vulnerable members of our community by helping them to break the cycle they are often locked into so they can get the right help and support from our Complex Lives team and partners. Our work on this front is making a real difference. Since 2017 we have helped over 200 people find accommodation and receive support and a further 122 people are currently benefiting from rehabilitation support.”

The proposed order will help tackle anti-social behaviour which causes harassment, alarm, distress, nuisance or annoyance. It would relate to the following:

1. Begging
2. Loitering
3. No return within 24 hours if asked to leave
4. Drinking alcohol in public areas
5. Taking drugs or other banned substances
6. Urination and defecation in public
7. Tampering with parking equipment

Full details of the proposed new order can be found in the Cabinet report: doncaster.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=131&MId=3478&Ver=4

The current PSPO will end in November. If approved, the new PSPO would come into force on 7 November 2020 and last three years. It would mean people could face a fine of £100 if found in breach of the prohibited behaviours.

 

Proposed prohibitions

 

PROPOSED PUBLIC SPACES PROTECTION ORDER

 

 

PROPOSED PROHIBITION

WHEN

PURPOSE

 

1.

No person shall make any verbal, non-verbal or written request for money, donations or goods, including the placing of hats, clothing or containers so as to cause or is likely to cause harassment, alarm, distress, nuisance or annoyance.

At all times (not including restriction on people who busk)

The aim is to support vulnerable people to break the cycle of begging and to reduce the impact this has on the town centre offer.  People who make requests for money or donations in the Town Centre are less likely to access support services whilst they receive income from this to sustain their current lifestyles. This also impacts on the vibrancy and attractiveness of the environment of the town centre to visitors and shoppers and businesses. Enforcement action will primarily focus on helping people to change behaviour and access support services.

 

2.

No person shall loiter, sit or lay on the floor or on temporary structures in or adjacent to doorways or around pay machines (including banks, supermarkets) in a manner causing or likely to cause harassment, alarm, distress, nuisance or annoyance to any person within the Town Centre.

At all times

The aim is to stop people loitering around ATMS and pay machines, which has a detrimental effect on people’s feelings of safety and on the vibrancy of the Town Centre. 

Enforcement action will primarily focus on helping people to change behaviour and access support services.

 

3.

No person shall, 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 to any person within the Town Centre without reasonable excuse, remain or return to the Town Centre within a period of 24 hours.

At all times.

In respect of those individuals who are rough sleeping this prohibition will only apply if they have access to alternative accommodation or have refused support.

The aim is to deter people from behaving in an anti-social manner which has a detrimental effect on people’s feelings of safety and on the vibrancy of the Town Centre.

Enforcement action will primarily focus on helping people to change behaviour and access support services.

4.

No person shall consume alcohol in any public place in the Town Centre other than at licensed premises or shall be in possession of any opened vessel containing or purporting to contain alcohol in any public place save for those places identified by Section 62 of the Act.

At all times

 

(Street markets /events/festivals will have obtained Temporary Event Notices, so will in effect be licensed premises for the time they are there)

 

The aim is to deter people from consuming alcohol on the streets other than at licensed premises and to prevent antisocial behaviour and impacts on the town centre related to this.

Enforcement action will primarily focus on helping people to change behaviour and access support services.

5.

No person will ingest, inhale, inject, smoke or otherwise use intoxicating substances (substances with the capacity to stimulate or depress the central nervous system) or possess any item that can be used to assist in the taking of intoxicating substances. This includes any device for smoking substances other than e-cigarettes, it also includes needles, except for those packaged and sealed by the manufacturer and stored in a hard case.

 

At all times

The aim is to deter people from consuming drugs/intoxicating substances and to prevent antisocial behaviour and impacts on the town centre related to this.

Enforcement action will primarily focus on helping people to change behaviour and access support services.

6.

No person shall urinate or defecate in any public place; this does not include public toilets.

At all times

The aim is to deter people from behaving in an anti-social way which can cause public and environmental health problems, as well as difficulties for town centre businesses/traders.

 

7.

No person shall, unless they have a parked vehicle in the location, without reasonable excuse, loiter near to, touch or interfere with any parking equipment, in the Town Centre without authorisation.

At all times

The aim is to ensure effective provision of car parking in the Town Centre, which is vital to the economy and most important to vulnerable and disabled visitors. Vandalism and blockages of parking machines causes great frustration and expense to car park users and deters from the experience of using the Town Centre.

 

Additional notes and definitions for the purpose of the Order

 

i)    Licensed premises – Will include those involved in continental markets / beer festivals will have obtained Temporary Event Notices, so will in effect be licensed premises for the time they are there.

 

ii)   Intoxicating substances – Substances with the capacity to stimulate or depress the central nervous system Exemptions shall apply in cases where the substances are used for a valid and demonstrable medicinal use, given to an animal as a medicinal remedy, are cigarettes (tobacco) or vaporisers or are food stuffs regulated by food health and safety legislation.

 

 

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Last updated: 21 September 2020 16:01:27