Public give backing to new powers to tackle anti-social behaviourPublished Wednesday, 30th August 2017
Rotherham residents have given their overwhelming support for the proposed introduction of new powers to improve Rotherham town centre.
During the recent public consultation about proposals to curb bad behaviour such as foul language, littering and consuming alcohol, 94% of the public said they supported the idea.
Rotherham Youth Cabinet also gave its unanimous support, alongside 99% of local businesses who were consulted.
The proposal is due to go before Rotherham’s Cabinet and Commissioners’ Decision Making Meeting on Monday, 11th September, 2017, and the order would see individuals who break the prohibitions receive a £100 penalty or, if they fail to pay the fine, liable for prosecution.
Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “The consultation showed a lot of public support for taking this approach, and introducing new powers to tackle the minority in the town centre that prevent other people enjoying it. These proposals will now be taken forward and start to come into force next month.”
If approved, the Public Spaces Protection Order will apply for three years with a review after 12 months to assess the impact and to make variations, adjustments or new orders as necessary.
The full list of prohibitions include:
- Behaving in such a way or using language that causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to another person
- Making unsolicited approaches, in the open air, for the purposes of face-to-face fundraising and marketing of commercial products, carried out by organisations without prior written permission from the Council
- Failing to keep a dog on a leash and under control (otherwise than within the designated area within Clifton Park, where dogs may be off leads but must remain under control - see maps at bottom of the page)
- Urinating or defecating in a public place, other than within designated public toilets
- Spitting saliva or any other product from the mouth
- Consuming alcohol other than on licensed premises or at a licensed event
Following feedback during the consultation, there will be a designated area within Clifton Park where dogs can be exercised off the lead.
525 people took part in an online as well as face-to-face consultation - with 492 people (94%) saying were in favour of the introduction of the PSPO.