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Agenda item

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)


The Interim Assistant Director of Public Protection introduced the item.


A Public Space Protection Order allows a local authority to make an order to prohibit certain behaviours.


Consultation showed that 79% of residents are in support of a borough wide PSPO to deal with alcohol-related antisocial behaviour


The original five ward PSPO approved by Cabinet back in September led to roughly 244 interventions but very little enforcement, which demonstrates the approach that we've taken. The reason for going borough wide is so that we can have a consistent approach across the borough and deal appropriately with any displacement issues.


In response to questions, the Interim Assistant Director of Public Protection added further clarifications.


It’s a priority for us as an administration to take this type of antisocial behaviour seriously.


Recognising that some of our most prolific street drinkers are vulnerable/have complex psychological/addiction issues, we have started working with Public Health and other departments looking at assertive outreach and support. There is a post that's being recruited to currently which will be funded between the drug and alcohol misuse service, public health, and the homelessness team who will have responsibility for this large piece of work.


The signs are intended to clearly signal that we want we this to be a responsible drinking borough. Comments from a Commission Member on the need to redesign the sign were noted by officers.



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