The Leader of the Council presented a report,
a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of
which appears as Appendix 'B' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.
A number of issues were raised by the Board in the subsequent
- A Board member queried
the results of the consultation, specifically the removal of
clauses b-e, and stated that the proposals seemed to contradict
some of the results of the responses received. She added that she
felt it had been an odd time to undertake such a consultation and
could not understand the rationale behind removing the clauses
before further consulting on a conurbation-wide PSPO because it was
not clear from the consultation that had already happened in
relation to the Holes Bay and Poole Town Centre PSPO, what people
really thought about it. She therefore proposed that the clauses
that were due to be removed be retained for the consultation across
the conurbation, which was duly seconded.
In discussing the proposed amendment there
were a variety of opinions and a number of issues were raised by
Board Members, including:
- There was a mandate for
the consultation to go ahead as planned, as the figures were
balanced. Additionally, it would be counter-productive to issue
fines to those already in poverty and the removal of clauses b-e
- The PSPO in its current
form was prejudicial to those in need and could put the Council at
risk of challenge via Judicial Review.
- There was an evidence
base to support the use of PSPO’s and that the current one
had been successful in its operation as it’s purpose was to
prevent issues and the proof was that since its introduction only
three fixed penalty notices had been issued.
- A member had conducted a
walk around Bournemouth Town Centre after lockdown measures had
been eased and made a note of his observations. He added that while
he did have sympathy with those less fortunate, there was clearly
an issue with the town centre and the measures currently
weren’t working stating that residents, visitors and
businesses were becoming fed up with these issues and he would
therefore support the amendment as proposed.
- Dealing with issues in a
heavy-handed way was not always the best approach and more sympathy
should be shown as everyone was generally within a few pay checks
away from poverty.
- Intervention was the
best solution rather than enforcement and this would involve
working more closely with external agencies.
The Board took a vote on the motion and it
RECOMMENDED that no
changes should be made to the existing Poole Town Centre and Holes
Bay PSPO and that its existing clauses (a-g) be included as part of
the BCP wide Public Spaces Protection Order
Voting: For –
7 Against – 6
Cllrs G Farquhar and C Rigby requested that
their votes against the motion be recorded in the minutes.
Cllrs M Greene and N Greene did not vote due
to their declared interest.