A proposed new order, enforced with on-the-spot fines, is set to address the concerns of businesses about the perceived level of anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Rotherham town centre.
Consultation is underway around a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for Rotherham town centre and Clifton Park after the Council said that it continues to receive complaints about a minority of people who behave in an unacceptable way. 2016 saw 824 recorded incidences of ASB in the town centre area.
A PSPO introduces a number of prohibitions to address the anti-social behaviour of individuals visiting these areas. By outlining these prohibitions it makes it clear what kind of behaviour is acceptable in the town centre.
‘Busybody’ councils prohibit swearing, shouting and dog-walking
Swearing in public, begging and dog-walking are being banned by increasing numbers of councils under new “busybody” powers. Local authorities are prohibiting a host of activities on the grounds that they reduce quality of life.
Banning orders are being used to stop rough sleeping, shouting, loitering, charity collecting, begging, busking, skateboarding and dog-walking in particular areas.
Such activities are banned under public space protection orders (PSPOs), which were introduced three years ago to give councils the power to stop behaviour deemed to have a “detrimental effect” on quality of life.