On Wednesday, 16 March, papers were presented to Cabinet to decide if the Town Centre Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) should be extended and what the conditions will look like.
Barnsley town centre currently has a Public Space Protection Order in place, which gives the Police, the Council and other accredited officers additional powers to deal with low-level anti-social behaviour. Having a town centre PSPO in place is part of the ongoing Joining Forces work to ensure Barnsley continues to be a safe, inclusive and attractive place to visit.
In November, a public consultation took place to gather feedback from residents on whether the current PSPO should be renewed and what conditions they would like to be implemented across the borough.
A PSPO can regulate activities that have a detrimental impact on the local community. Renewing our PSPO will make sure support and appropriate enforcement measures are in place to deal with behaviours that cause people alarm, harassment or distress to residents, communities or anyone visiting our town centre.
Additional restrictions will be presented to Cabinet following the consultation, which includes the use of skateboards, bicycles and scooters in a way that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress or damage to property or street furniture.
Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: "We have reviewed the feedback from our consultation and used it to form a new Town Centre Public Space Protection Order.
“Having a PSPO in place has helped us to deal with problems which are negatively affecting those living, working, and visiting the town centre.
"Renewing our PSPO will help to alleviate some of the issues raised before and during the consultation period.
"We will continue to review the PSPO regularly and add or remove conditions to make sure it is fit for purpose.”