Have your say on the proposals to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order
- About the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) For Rotherham Town Centre and Clifton Park (You are here)
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- Have your say on the proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)
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About the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) For Rotherham Town Centre and Clifton Park
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is regenerating Rotherham town centre, making it an attractive place for people to visit and do business. Despite these continued efforts, we continue to receive complaints about a minority of people who behave in an unacceptable way. Not only does this have an impact on individuals who may suffer at the hands of such behaviour but it can also give others a negative perception of the town centre.
Whilst Rotherham and its town centre remain safe places to enjoy, the Council and its partners are keen to access the full range of powers available, in order to continue to support the vibrancy of these areas and attract more visitors.
The Council and its partners continue to look at new and innovative ways to not only address poor behaviour but also to promote positive behaviours, seeking to set a standard for our town centre and Clifton Park. One of the measures currently under consideration is the use of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).
A PSPO introduces a number of prohibitions to address the anti-social behaviour of individuals visiting these areas. By outlining these prohibitions we can also make it clear what kind of behaviour is acceptable in the town centre and promote those that do behave well.
The conditions below have been drafted in direct response to the concerns raised by the public, partners businesses and Councillors. This consultation seeks to get people’s opinion of the PSPO and whether the conditions proposed would tackle poor behaviours and promote behaviours that you see as positive.
- Behaving in such a way or using language that causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to another person.
- Drinking alcohol other than in a licenced premises or event.
- Face to face fundraising and marketing carried out by organisations without permission of the Council.
- Failing to keep a dog on a leash and under control
- Using or carrying Illegal drugs
- Using a vehicle to cause a nuisance.
- Urinating or defecating in a public place.
Any individual in breach of the PSPO will be subject to a £100 penalty. Those that failed to pay this would be liable for prosecution. The area in which the Order will be in effect can be seen in the attached map:
If authorised, this Order would commence in autumn 2017.