Wakefield Council tackles anti-social behaviour in Pontefract

Ref: PR 6150
Date: 11/01/2016

Wakefield Council will be introducing its first Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on Monday (11 January) covering Pontefract Park, the race course and surrounding area.

The order is being introduced to help tackle the problem of vehicles carrying out dangerous manoeuvres, playing music loudly and cars speeding at the entrance and in the surrounding areas of the park. Those in breach of the PSPO could face a fine of up to £1,000.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "Pontefract Park is an important part of the local area and we want to make sure that it continues to be enjoyed by local residents. Unfortunately, the park and its surrounding areas have suffered from anti-social behaviour recently with individuals driving erratically and dangerously.

"By enforcing a Public Space Protection Order we are sending out a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and we are doing everything in our power to tackle these reckless and dangerous actions.

"We want to make sure that the park and its surrounding areas continue to be safely used and enjoyed by local residents."

Inspector Geoff Carter of the Pontefract and Knottingley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "I would echo the comments of Councillor Cummings. Pontefract Park is a well used iconic community location. Local residents and users of the park have been affected by the behaviour of a few individuals. The PSPO will assist both my staff and our partners in dealing with anti-social behaviour within the area."

A PSPO is a new measure, created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which is intended to deal with activities carried out in a public space that have a detrimental effect to the local community's quality of life.

The Council now has powers available to issue a PSPO after consultation with the Police and other relevant bodies.

This PSPO enables the Council to impose restrictions within this area with the aim to stop individuals or groups from committing anti-social behavior in this public space. The order covers Pontefract Park, the roundabout and road leading to the park, the race course, and the McDonalds' car park nearby.

The PSPO can be enforced by the Council, the Police or Police Community Support Officers. Those in breach can face a fine of up to £1,000 on prosecution. Enforcement Officers can also issue a fixed penalty notice of £100. ​

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