It’s essential that everyone is able to enjoy public spaces in our city centre which are safe and welcoming. Nobody should have to put up with behaviour which has a negative impact on them or their environment.
We believe there is a case for consulting with the public on a city centre Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to address a number of issues that are being reported to the Council and the police. Proposals have been drawn up following evidence-gathering and listening to the concerns of people and businesses about their experiences in the city centre. See maps of the area potentially covered by the PSPO
A PSPO would specify behaviour which is unacceptable – and give the police and Council an extra tool to help tackle it alongside existing powers and ongoing partnership work. Find out what a PSPO is and how it is put in place.
We have listened and continue to listen. This consultation will be crucial in shaping whether we proceed with proposals, and if we do, in what form. Your contributions are essential to help us build a complete picture of the issues and their impacts.
Based on the findings and what we have been told by the community and partners about the impact of antisocial behaviour, we are proposing to include these behaviours in the PSPO applying to everyone in the city centre and at all times of day and night.
- Drinking alcohol in a non-licensed public space
- Failing to dispose of commercial waste responsibly
- Failing to pick up and properly dispose of litter when asked to do so by an authorised officer
- Discarding hypodermic needles or syringes in a public space (except in an appropriate sharps container)
- Urinating or defecating in a public space (except a toilet)
- Aggressive or intimidating begging
- Occupying a tent or other temporary structure in a manner likely to create a health and safety risk for other people
- Obstructing a building entrance or exit, stairwell or highway after being asked to move by an authorised officer.
The closing date for this consultation is Monday 8 April 2019. We will then carefully consider the results before making a final decision. We will publish our decision on this website and put up signs in the relevant areas.