The Committee considered a report on a
proposal to consult on the implementation of a Public Spaces
Protection Order (PSPO) covering the City Centre. The Head of
Community Services presented the report and summarised the main
points. She responded to questions from Members.
Chief Inspector Steph Brighton and Inspector
David Troth on behalf of West Mercia Police spoke and explained why
the Police were in support of the proposal.
In the ensuing discussion, Committee Members
expressed a range of views:
Some Members welcomed the proposal and emphasised that at this
stage it was intended to undertake a consultation exercise, which
would help to gauge public opinion.
It was acknowledged that the proposed PSPO was intended to address
a wide range of issues. The rationale for it and the approach to
enforcement should be clearly established and communicated.
Some Members stated that they did not support the proposal and
expressed the view that this is not a proportionate approach as the
proposed PSPO will target vulnerable individuals. There should
instead be more emphasis on working with partners to provide
It was proposed and seconded that the
recommendations as set out in the Committee report be approved.
RESOLVED: That the Committee agree:
to grant approval to undertake an eight week public
consultation on the implementation of a Public Spaces Protection
Order (PSPO) for the City Centre (to commence on 15th February
2019) in accordance with section 72 of the Anti-social Behaviour,
Crime and Policing Act 2014; and
that the results of the consultation exercise are
reviewed and reported back to Communities Committee with
recommendations for consideration.
In accordance with the Council’s
Constitution the following Councillors requested to be recorded as
voting for the recommendation:
Councillors A. Amos, Denlegh-Maxwell, Ditta,
Johnson, Stafford and Stanley