New Anti-Social Behaviour Rules From December 1

November 30, 2021 2:38 pm

Following a widely supported formal public consultation process, a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) trial scheme is due to start in the city centre/BID area from December 1.

Its first three months will be a trial period, with no enforcement action – just a chance for the public to learn all about the scheme.

It will allow the city centre rangers that BID invests in to issue formal warnings and – later – fixed penalty notices to tackle negative behaviour that people see as aggressive or intimidating.

This could include on-street defecating or urinating, anti-social drinking away from licensed premises, or consuming controlled substances, including legal highs. The PSPO will also enable the rangers to tackle “professional” beggars who are known to target the area to solicit money from the public under false pretences.

Of course, there are complex issues at the heart of ASB that must be dealt with carefully and sensitively. All the agencies involved will carry out their duties sensitively and professionally.

More information on the new scheme can be found here.

and here.

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