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Public Spaces Protection Order

Meeting: 23/06/2021 - Cabinet (Item 23)

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This report outlines a proposal to make a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour in public spaces across much of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.

In the previous Cabinet reports in March and September 2020, it was agreed to adopt a harmonised approach to tackling street based anti-social behaviour and to consult on new a Public Spaces Protection Order to fit with this approach.

Public Spaces Protection Orders can only be implemented to tackle behaviours that are persistent or of a continuing nature and have a detrimental effect on the quality of life.  Tackling alcohol related anti-social behaviour has consistently been one of the main uses of PSPO’s by local authorities.

There is evidence to confirm that much of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole areas does suffer from persistent alcohol related anti-social behaviour.  As such it is proposed to implement a PSPO, which gives designated Officers powers to confiscate alcohol from anyone behaving in an anti-social manner, across 29 of the 33 BCP Council wards.

A public consultation took place on this proposal, during March and April 2021.  Of the 294 responses, 89% strongly agree or agree, only 8% disagree. 

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Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet approved the proposed Public Spaces Protection Order to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour in public places.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Community Safety

Reason

In order to give Officers the powers to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour in public spaces where there is evidence that this is persistent or continuing nuisance which has or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of the life of those in the locality.

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Community Safety presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'H' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

Cabinet was advised that the report outlined a proposal to make a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour in public spaces across much of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.

In relation to this Cabinet was informed that in the previous Cabinet reports in March and September 2020, it had been agreed to adopt a harmonised approach to tackling street based anti-social behaviour and to consult on new a Public Spaces Protection Order to fit with this approach.

Further to this Cabinet was advised that Public Spaces Protection Orders can only be implemented to tackle behaviours that are persistent or of a continuing nature and have a detrimental effect on the quality of life, and that tackling alcohol related anti-social behaviour has consistently been one of the main uses of PSPO’s by local authorities.

In relation to this it was advised that there is evidence to confirm that much of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole areas does suffer from persistent alcohol related anti-social behaviour, and that as such it is proposed to implement a PSPO, which gives designated Officers powers to confiscate alcohol from anyone behaving in an anti-social manner, across 29 of the 33 BCP Council wards.

Cabinet was further informed that a public consultation had taken place on this proposal during March and April 2021, and that of the 294 responses, 89% strongly agree or agree, only 8% disagree. It was therefore proposed that a PSPO be approved.

The Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Board addressed the Cabinet advising that the Board had warmly welcomed the report and in addition had requested the figures for alcohol related anti-social behaviour in their wards.

In respect of this the Portfolio Holder advised that officers were preparing the figures to be circulated to Members.

RESOLVED that Cabinet approved the proposed Public Spaces Protection Order to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour in public places.

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder: Community Safety

 


Meeting: 14/06/2021 - Overview and Scrutiny Board (Item 37)

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To consider the following Community Safety related reports scheduled for Cabinet consideration on 23 June 2021:

 

   Public Spaces Protection Order

 

The O&S Board is asked to scrutinise the reports and make recommendations to Cabinet as appropriate.

 

Cabinet member invited to attend for this item: Councillor M Haines, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety

 

The Cabinet report for this item is included with the agenda for consideration by the Overview and Scrutiny Board.

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Minutes:

Public Spaces Protection Order – The Portfolio Holder for Community Safety presented a report a copy of which had been circulated to Board Members and a copy of which appeared at Appendix C to these minutes in the Minute Book. The Portfolio Holder highlighted the key points within the report and responded to questions raised in the subsequent discussion including:

 

·       Four areas had been excluded as there was very few reports of any alcohol related anti-social behaviour in these wards. There was therefore no justification for having a PSPO in those areas. A Board member asked about the statistics for these and other wards in terms of reports of anti-social behaviour. The Portfolio Holder advised that she did not have the information immediately available, but officers would be asked to provide this information to Board members.

·       There were some concerns raised that there may be displacement into the ward areas which were not covered by the PSPOs, but this was thought unlikely due to the nature of the PSPO and the locations of the wards in question.

·       A Councillor commented on the limitations of the PSPOs being suggested in that they only dealt with one specific activity and asked the Portfolio Holder whether there had been any progress with other issues such as beach camping. The Portfolio Holder advised of the pre-existence of other legislation and by-laws which were causing issues with this. Where there was existing legislation PSPOs should not be used. There was overnight security patrolling the beach and they were giving overnight wakeup calls to those staying on the beach. The by-laws were working; however, it was noted that they may not work every time. Work was underway to recruit a CSAS officer to deal with parks and open spaces. There was also a piece of work which had just started to look at all by-laws within BCP, there was a process of unpicking them to see how to take them forward.

·       A Board member asked about the signs in Bournemouth Square indicating that no alcohol was allowed and there was the ability to confiscate alcohol. It was noted that these signs were from the old PSPO and would need to be changed once the new PSPO was introduced.

·       It was noted that if there was persistent anti-social behaviour then a warning would be issued. If it persisted the perpetrator would be issued with a formal notice, further instances would result in being issued with an ASB injunction and if this was breached, they could be taken to court.

·       It was noted that the issue was with behaviour rather than with drinking.  This would work better than previous PSPOs because it was targeted more appropriately and there were now more CSAS officers working in the town centres. They could also move around to particular hotspots.

The Board noted that the PSPO looked good and provided a safe middle ground, but it was essential that it shouldn’t be used to target certain groups of people. It was noted  ...  view the full minutes text for item 37