The Council is currently consulting on an extension to the existing Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) that were introduced to Worksop and Retford Town Centres in June 2016.
The Council is proposing to extend the order for a further three years, until 16 June 2022, which prohibits public drinking and control of other nuisance activity in the town centres, such as the use of psychoactive substances and urination in public. It also deals with anti-social behaviour such as shouting, swearing and behaviour that could cause nuisance, annoyance, alarm or distress.
Breaching the order is a criminal offence and it allows the Police or Local Authority 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.
Gerald Connor, Community Safety Manager at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “We want to ensure that members of the public feel safe when visiting our town centres and we will take action against any individuals or groups who are causing a nuisance or distress to others.
“We feel that, based on the information we have, there are clear reasons to extend the period for which the current order is valid and would ask people to express their views and comments.”
Comments regarding the extension or the Worksop and Retford Public Space Protection Order should be sent to the Community Safety Department by 19 April 2019.
To extend the period that the Worksop and Retford Public Spaces Protection Orders are operative, the Council must be satisfied that the activity or activities it proposes to restrict, in this area:
- Have had, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality;
- Is, or is likely to be, persistent or continuing in nature;
- Is, or is likely to be, unreasonable; and
- Justifies the restrictions imposed.
The consultation will close at 5pm on 19 April 2019 and all responses sent to the Community Safety Department, Bassetlaw District Council, Queens Buildings, Potter Street, Worksop S80 2AH.
Last Updated on Thursday, March 21, 2019