Plans to extend Public Spaces Protection Order
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
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
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
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.
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.