Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Castleford
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.
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
“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
“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
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