More than 7 out of 10 residents, businesses and visitors to Doncaster support the introduction of tough new measures to clamp down on anti-social behaviour in the town centre, which are due to be considered by the Mayor and senior Councillors next week.
On Tuesday (17 October) Doncaster Council’s cabinet will consider new powers that aim to tackle aggressive begging, harassment, drug taking and urinating in public, whilst encouraging those who may find themselves homeless or rough sleeping to access the available support.
The recommendation to adopt a new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) comes after more than 1,200 residents, businesses and visitors responded to a month long consultation. The consultation identified overwhelming support for ten new prohibitions, which will help the authorities to deal with anti-social behaviour and improve the town centre. The Council has taken all of the results and comments into account and as a result it is being recommended to cabinet that some of the prohibitions are amended, to make them clearer and that the area that the town centre PSPO covers is slightly extended.
The consideration of a PSPO for Doncaster town centre is one part of a comprehensive plan of activity to support people with complex lives (including preventing and tackling homelessness and rough sleeping, drug and alcohol misuse, mental ill-health, offending and anti-social behaviour).
This support, along with improving the vibrancy and success of Doncaster town centre, has been identified as key priorities for Doncaster.
Cllr Chris McGuinness, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Homelessness and rough sleeping is an issue that affects many towns and cities across the country. There is not a one size fits all approach to helping and supporting those who find themselves in this position. This can only be resolved by the cooperation of all agencies, local authorities, the Government, charities, volunteer groups and the public. We also know that some of those who are behaving in an anti-social manner in the town centre or begging are not always homeless or rough sleeping.
“We will continue to work with those most vulnerable in our society to help them address any issues they may face, to break the cycle and get the help and support they need to get their lives back on track. However, we will not stand by and let those who are causing anti-social behaviour in the town centre to continue.
“Overwhelmingly what the consultation responses have shown us is that our residents, businesses and visitors value the town centre and want it to be a vibrant and welcoming space. By using all the tools at our disposal and by working together with our partners we can go some way to address many of the underlying problems.”
If agreed by Cabinet, the new Public Spaces Protection Order will work alongside other measure to help those who find themselves homeless or rough sleeping. The council and its partners have been working hard to ensure that those who do find themselves homeless or rough sleeping and want help to break the cycle of behaviour and vulnerability, receive the help and support they need.
To read the full cabinet report and for further comments made by residents, businesses and visitors during the consultation process visit: http://bit.ly/2ycZKpz
- Category: Crime, anti-social behaviour & nuisance