Bassetlaw District Council is consulting residents and businesses on introducing new Public Space Protection Orders to cover Worksop and Retford Town Centres for three years until 16 June 2025.
Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are one of the tools that Councils can use to help tackle anti-social behaviour locally. PSPOs are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour. They allow Councils to set an area where things such as drinking alcohol on the street, or causing nuisance, harassment, alarm and distress can be banned.
Breaching the order is a criminal offence and it allows the Police or Council to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100. However, should the matter be taken to court and following a successful conviction, magistrates have the power to order the offender to pay a fine of up to £1,000.
The Council is proposing new PSPOs to replace those that were originally introduced to Worksop and Retford Town Centres in June 2016 and extended again in 2019.
Some of the things the Council is proposing are:
- to extend the designated area in Worksop to include the area around McDonalds on Retford Road and the area around the Travelodge and Services at St Anne’s.
- to ban being under the influence of illegal substances.
- to ban street drinking.
The consultation and a full list of the proposed prohibitions, draft orders and maps of the designated areas for the Worksop and Retford can be found online at www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/pspo. The Consultation will run from Thursday 7th April until Thursday 19th May. Paper copies are available from Retford and Worksop Town Halls.
Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council said:
“Public Space Protection Orders are valuable tool in tackling Anti-Social Behaviour and we are proposing a number of changes to the ones in Worksop and Retford. This will make it easier to take action against street drinking, those under the influence of illegal substances and those causing nuisance, harm and distress.
“These are issues that are important to residents and visitors and we want to ensure that members of the public feel safe when visiting our town centres. The consultation will be open for six weeks and I encourage everybody to have their say.”
Last Updated on Friday, April 8, 2022