New orders to tackle anti-social behaviour in North SomersetSafer Stronger North Somerset
New orders to tackle anti-social behaviour and make public spaces in North Somerset more welcoming will come into force later this year.
North Somerset Council’s Executive has given the go-ahead for a number of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to be introduced across the district aimed at preventing individuals or groups of individuals committing anti-social behaviour in public places.
“The introduction of PSPOs will support the council’s ambition to ‘build and sustain great places to live and visit that are vibrant, accessible and safe’,” said Cllr Peter Bryant, executive member responsible for parks and green spaces.
“We have worked jointly with the police and other organisations to identify the types of anti-social behaviour that frequently take place in our towns and villages and reduce our ability to achieve this ambition. The opportunity to introduce PSPOs enables us to deal with anti-social behaviour effectively and will therefore benefit not only our residents but our businesses and their customers as well by making North Somerset a desirable place to live, visit and work.”
The new orders will also replace existing dog control orders, designated public place orders that help the police tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour and, where appropriate, local byelaws.
They will be introduced in October and will give designated council and police officers the right to issue on-the-spot fines.
The use of these powers is intended to be proportionate and the decision on whether or not to take enforcement action will be retained by the officer dealing with the incident in line with the council’s approved enforcement procedures. It is intended that over 100 council and police personnel will be trained to enforce the orders.
The council carried out an eight-week public consultation in February and March on the proposed new orders and over 350 responses were received.
Cllr Bryant thanked all those who responded. “We have listened to what people have had to say,” he said. “The feedback was that communities want to see a strong and robust approach to enforcement of the orders.”
The report to the Executive meeting on Tuesday 20 June listing the orders can be viewed on the council’s website at: http://apps.n-somerset.gov.uk/cairo/docs/doc28128.pdf.
Further consideration will be given to introducing PSPOs to tackle other issues highlighted in the consultation exercise such as the use of drones and inconsiderate parking around school sites.
More consultation will also take place where communities have not supported the introduction of an order. As a result, the council will consult further on broader skateboarding restrictions and some of the newly proposed local dog control provisions, like Worle Recreation Ground, Clevedon Cricket Ground and Wrington’s Silver Street Recreation Ground.
More information on Public Space Protection Orders can be found on our webiste: www.n-somerset.gov.uk/pspo