Cheltenham Borough Council
Cheltenham Borough Council

Hello, please sign in to your account. New customer? Creating a new account only takes moments.

find our main contact details and opening hours or find our location.

Decision details

Public Spaces Protection Order

Decision Maker: Director of Environment - Mike Redman

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decision:

1.    Notes the content of the consultation feedback; and

2.    Approves the proposed PSPO, copy attached at Appendix 3 of the covering report, which follows the format of the previously adopted PSPO, for a further three year period.

Reasons for the decision:

The proposals are intended to extend the PSPO previously in force for a further 3 years regarding the public consumption of alcohol and dog control, which will in turn help to protect the public from anti-social behaviour that is having, or likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality life of those in the locality.

Alternative options considered:

1.   Extension of the scope relating to the previous PSPO - The council, prior to beginning the consultation exercise to extend the existing PSPO for a further 3 years, undertook work with officers and key stakeholders to review if an extension was considered necessary, as well as reviewing the numbers of complaints received regarding dog control and the public consumption of alcohol. Officers, partners and stakeholders indicated at an early stage their support to retain or extend the PSPO covering these issues. Furthermore, they referenced support in tackling ASB and envirocrime via the new co-ordinators for the borough in the council’s Community Protection team, who have been key in assisting tackling these issues and related engagement and enforcement action.

 

2.   Not to renew the PSPO - The Director of Environment, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Development & Safety could have decided to reject the proposed extension of the current PSPO.  Consideration has been given to this, but in light of the evidence submitted showing the need for the extension to the order, supplemented by the consultation feedback, has decided that not proceeding with the proposed extension to the PSPO would be detrimental in reducing the powers available to the Police and Local Authority to address antisocial behaviour issues. There is also concern amongst partners that the permanent removal of the PSPO would be likely to lead to an increase in the prevailing level of antisocial behaviour, as a result of the suppression/deterrent effect associated with having a PSPO and associated signage in place.

 

 

3.    The recent relaxation of lockdown arrangements relating to the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in the number of reports of antisocial behaviour associated with late night drinking, particularly in the council’s parks and gardens and this has unfortunately coincided with the expiry of the previous PSPO, reducing the ability of the council and its partners to address the problems which have arisen. The new PSPO will help to address this position.

Contact: Mike Redman, Director of Environment Email: mike.redman@cheltenham.gov.uk Email: mike.redman@cheltenham.gov.uk.

Publication date: 03/07/2020

Date of decision: 03/07/2020

Accompanying Documents: