Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Castleford

13/07/2017, PR8607

Urgent action is being taken to tackle the recent spate of anti-social behaviour in Castleford, which is blighting the historic town centre.

Concerns have been raised by those who visit, work and shop in the town about occasions when people have been drunk in the street and have displayed other offensive and anti-social behaviours.

At a meeting on Friday 7 July, Wakefield Council’s Deputy Leader and local councillors announced a series of measures to deal with the issue, including the preparation of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which would enable anyone who breaches it to be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100, or a £1,000 fine if prosecuted by the Courts.

A PSPO gives local authorities, in partnership with the police, the ability to deal with anti-social behaviour in a particular location, which is having a negative impact on the local community’s quality of life.

Other immediate actions include temporarily increasing CCTV monitoring and removing some benches to discourage rough sleeping and stop people congregating. The Council is also calling upon West Yorkshire Police to increase patrols in the town centre.

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

The Deputy Leader of Wakefield Council, Cllr Denise Jeffery, said: “We are very proud of Castleford. It has a lovely town centre and is a great place to come for something to eat, drink and shop, but the actions of a few are spoiling it – and this will not be tolerated.

“I can reassure residents that the Council will be doing everything it can to tackle this as well as calling on West Yorkshire Police to increase their presence in the town and help us put an end to this unacceptable and anti-social behaviour.

“We have invested significantly in Castleford to support the town’s regeneration and our local businesses. Work on Sagar Street, Aire Street, new shop fronts and the new market front, as well as the new Castleford Tiger themed planters are just a few of the recent improvements that are helping to make Castleford an even nicer town to live or visit.

“It was clear at the meeting that the Council, local residents and businesses are not prepared to let a small group of people tarnish Castleford’s reputation and that we will work together to restore the quality of life in our town centre.”

A petition has been launched by the local community to support the creation of a PSPO. The petition will be included in the PSPO consultation and can be accessed here
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/ban-street-drinking-castleford

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