Residents are being asked for their views regarding a proposed update of current legislation designed to tackle primarily in public places, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in areas and communities across Leeds.
This follows changes introduced under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act, 2014, which requires that all local authorities reconsider whether the Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs) they have in place be withdrawn or replaced by new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs).
Currently in Leeds there are 18 DDPOs operating in the city which currently do not allow people to consume alcohol in public places. These were introduced as a specific response to tackle problems which have occurred from individuals and groups gathering in certain locations that were resulting in a negative impact on local residents.
Following a review by Leeds City Council and partners, it has been proposed that all 18 DPPOs currently in operation be continued and replaced by PSPOs. A request has also been made that in the city centre only, the scope of the PSPOs be extended to also challenge issues raised through the use of psychoactive substances.
Additionally, in some communities Leeds City Council’s Cleaner Neighbourhoods Team have identified issues with household waste containers/ bins being left in the street for prolonged periods of time. It is proposed that the scope of PSPOs might be extended to challenge those issues in specific areas.
The council will make a final decision on the proposed implementation of PSPOs following the conclusion and evaluation of the public consultation.
Councillor Deborah Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for communities said:
“Having looked at the evidence I can see merit in replacing our 18 DPPOs with PSPOs. This will form part of our overall strategy and continued work to tackle anti-social behaviour in public places where problems exist. Before any final decisions are made however, I want to hear from the people of Leeds on this proposal. With that in mind a public consultation survey is now open and I would like to encourage Leeds residents to take part before the deadline of 16 July.”
If you would like to comment on these proposals, you can do so by filling in an online questionnaire before the deadline of Sunday 16 July 2017 at: www.Leeds.gov.uk/PSPO