A report from the Executive Director – Place and Executive Director - People is attached. (Key decision – reference number 5255)
Councillor George Savva (Cabinet Member for Licensing and Regulatory Services) introduced the report of the Executive Director – Place and Executive Director - People.
1. That the current PSPOs were introduced in January 2018 for 3 years. It was proposed to introduce them for a further 3-year period to continue to address a range of anti-social behaviours as set out in the report and its appendices.
2. Members were informed of the differences between the existing and proposed PSPOs, as set out in the report.
3. The consultation which had been undertaken and the results to the consultation as provided within the report. There had been a high level of support for the proposals. A key theme which had emerged was the ability and resources available to enforce the PSPOs. The Council would ensure that resources were targeted appropriately and joint work undertaken with the Police as set out in the report.
4. The proposals were welcomed by Councillor Nneka Keazor as Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion. There had been a significant rise in anti-social behaviour in the Borough which the Council was committed to reducing as much as possible using all appropriate resources available to tackle the issues which had been highlighted. The proposed PSPOs were widely supported.
Alternative Options Considered: To not introduce the new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), as set out in paragraphs 83 and 84 of the report.
DECISION: The Cabinet agreed that the Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) as outlined in paragraph 27 and Appendix 3 of the report be approved, and that the Director of Law and Governance sign the PCSOs and be delegated authority to make any minor amendments.
Reason: The proposed PSPOs would continue to help address concerns raised by the public with the Police and Council about anti-social behaviour occurring in the borough. The purpose of PSPOs was to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space so that the law-abiding majority could use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.
(Key decision – reference number 5255)