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Consultation begins on town centre Public Space Protection Order

Date issued: 14 August 2017

The public is invited to submit its views on proposals to enforce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) throughout the town centre.

If approved, the PSPO would cover the whole of the town centre public realm and last for three years.

The four-week consultation will run from 14 August 2017 on the Colchester Borough Council and Safer Colchester Partnership websites. 

The proposal aims to ensure people visiting or working in the town centre can go about their business without being subjected to activities that have a detrimental effect on their quality of life, including intimidating behaviour.

The PSPO, if adopted, will also restrict the use of A Boards, which present a hazard to people who are visually impaired or who have restricted mobility as well as to parents with children, prams and buggies.

Anyone without reasonable excuse who fails to comply with the prohibitions or requirements imposed by the PSPO may be ordered to disperse, or may be issued a fixed penalty notice of £100, or may also be liable on summary conviction under Section 67 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 to a fine not exceeding Level 3 on the standard scale.

Cllr Mike Lilley, Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities and Licensing, said: "We know that where PSPOs have been enforced elsewhere in the Borough, they have been a great success in curtailing frequent and excessive anti-social behaviour which was disrupting the lives of local residents and businesses.

"We need to ensure the voices of residents are being heard, and I would therefore invite the public to visit either Colchester Borough Council's website or the website of the Safer Colchester Partnership to submit their views before the 11 September deadline."

Cllr Tim Young, Portfolio Holder for Business and Culture and Deputy Leader of the Council, said: "This is not about restricting the ability of people to enjoy themselves - we're consulting on the proposals of this PSPO, having given a great deal of consideration to the ways we can improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to the town centre.

"If adopted, this PSPO will begin to effect the kind of meaningful behavioural change we all want to see taking place among a minority of people who unfortunately engage in persistent anti-social behaviour in the town centre - people whom we will also continue to help access information and services that can assist and support them to find a new life off the streets."