Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) Consultation

This Consultation is now closed and we are analysing the results

What is a PSPO?

When there are problems or nuisance in an area detrimentally affecting the local community's quality of life, we may put rules in place to deal with it. These rules or 'orders' are designed to make sure we can all use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

An ‘order’ places restrictions and requirements on certain behaviour in an area. The order can last up to three years. The Council can – after further consultation – extend and vary it for another three-year period.

It will be a criminal offence not to stick to the order, and anyone breaching the PSPO can either get a fixed penalty notice of £100 or be prosecuted, which could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.  Those who are vulnerable will be offered support.

Why is a PSPO put in place?

A PSPO can be introduced if anti-social behaviour, which is, or is likely to be carried on is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people in the area. The behaviour has to be, or is likely to be persistent or of a continuing in nature and unreasonable. The impact of the behaviour must justify the restrictions contained within a PSPO.

Following this consultation the Council will carefully consider the results before making the final decision. The Council will publicise the final decision it makes, and if an order is put in place there will be signs put up in the relevant areas.

Why are we consulting on a PSPO?

In 2017 the Council introduced a PSPO that allowed the Council to deal with measures to reduce anti-social behaviour in the town centre. We know that anti-social behaviour can detrimentally affect people’s quality of life. A renewed and varied town centre PSPO would continue to address this kind of anti-social behaviour allowing the Council to:-

  • Ensure that everyone is able to enjoy public spaces in our town centre, which are safe and welcoming. Nobody should have to put up with behaviour, which has a negative impact on them or their environment.
  • Give the police and Council an extra tool to help tackle anti-social behaviour alongside existing powers and ongoing partnership work. Alongside the PSPO, the Council and its partners would continue to promote and encourage vulnerable people to access support and services in order to help them break the cycle of behaviours and vulnerability.

Attached are documents showing the Summary of the Evidence used, the prohibitions contained within the current PSPO, the prohibitions that are proposed for the renewed PSPO and the reasons for the changes (Public Spaces Protection Order- Options Review) and a Map of the affected area. In brief we are proposing to include the following behaviours in the PSPO applying to everyone in the town centre and at all times of day and night:

  • Aggressive or intimidating begging
  • Hanging around doorways and near cash machines in an anti-social manner
  • Urinating or defecating in a public space (except a toilet)
  • Rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour resulting in No return in 24 hours
  • Drinking alcohol or having open containers of alcohol in non-licenced public spaces
  • Ingesting, inhaling, injecting smoking or otherwise using intoxicating substances
  • Interfering with and hanging around Parking equipment

Part of the process is to ask the residents and businesses in the PSPO area their views on the proposals. There is an online survey to complete. This consultation will be crucial in shaping whether we proceed with proposals, and if we do, in what form. We will keep an open mind about the proposals and carefully consider the results before making a final decision. Your contributions are essential to help us build a complete picture of the issues and their impacts.

The Council would like to receive as much feedback as possible on the proposed PSPO, and invites you to contribute to the consultation process by completing the survey by the closing date of 20th July 2020. Unfortunately, given the current situation with Covid-19 we are not able to hold any face to face briefings on the proposals, but should you have any questions you wish to ask before completing the survey, please send them to TownCentrePSPOconsultation@doncaster.gov.uk and we will respond to you. If you wish to speak to someone about this issue, please provide your name and telephone number in your email and we will arrange to speak to you.

Following the end of the consultation the Council will carefully consider all feedback received and make final recommendations to the Council’s Cabinet who will determine whether to formally extend and vary the PSPO. We anticipate this will take place in September and details of the cabinet meeting, report and minutes from the meeting will be posted on the Council’s website (please see https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/the-council-democracy/councillors-mps-and-the-council-chamber).

The Council is committed to meeting its data protection obligations and handling your information securely.  You should make sure you read and understand our Privacy Notice  before submitting your information to us. This sets out what you need to know about how Doncaster Council will use your information to conduct and carry out a consultation on the renewal of the Doncaster Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

Update 18 June 2020: It has come to our attention that a slightly inaccurate plan was originally shown on this web page.  It is proposed that the area covered by our renewed PSPO will be exactly the same as the current PSPO and the correct plan is now attached.

 

The consultation is now closed

 

Last updated: 04 August 2020 12:39:20