Plans to extend Public Spaces Protection Order

16/03/2020, PR-9337

​Wakefield Council’s Cabinet are being asked to approve an extension to the city centre’s Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for a further three years to help tackle anti-social behaviour.

PSPOs provide the Council and the police with an additional tool to swiftly deal with location based anti-social behaviour that affects the enjoyment of the area by local residents and visitors.

The current PSPO came into force in 2017 and since then there has been significant action taken by the Council and the Police which has resulted in the reduction in anti-social behaviour in the city centre.

Plans to extend the PSPO are supported by the police and would help to protect residents and visitors from anti-social and intimidating behaviour related to street drinking and those under the influence of drugs. 

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

​Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said: “The introduction of the PSPO three years ago has already had a huge impact on the city centre. We have issued 105 Fixed Penalty Notices related to alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour and 17 for general nuisance.

“Wakefield is a great place to come for something to eat, drink and shop and we want residents and visitors to enjoy and feel safe in the city centre, as well as attracting new businesses into the area.

“We need to send out a clear message that anti-social behaviour will never be tolerated and extending the PSPO gives us the powers to be able to continue to tackle this issue.”

PSPOs were introduced by the Crime and Policing Act 2014. Those in breach of the order may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 and a £1,000 fine may be imposed by the Courts if prosecuted.

Members of Wakefield Council’s Cabinet are meeting on 24 March at 10.30am at Wakefield Town Hall. The meeting can be watched live or later on the Council’s website.