Local people are being asked to give their views on the introduction of a town centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).
PSPOs are designed to deal with problematic behaviour in a particular area. The orders allow councils to introduce restrictions on the use of the area to make sure that people can enjoy the space, safe from anti-social behaviour.
It is proposed that the PSPO would be introduced in the town centre and surrounding areas including Sheffield Rd, Doncaster Rd, Cemetery Road and Wood Street. Anyone failing to comply with the order’s requirements could face a fixed penalty of £100 or a maximum fine of £1000 if prosecuted at Magistrates Court.
A 28 day consultation will take place from Monday 7 December until midnight 3 January 2016. People will be able to give their views online or at drop in sessions at the following locations:
- Friday 11 December, Better Barnsley shop, 10am - 12 noon and 2pm - 4pm
- Tuesday 15 December, the Church of the Nazarene, 6pm - 8pm.
Council officers will also be in the town centre throughout the consultation period asking residents, businesses and those using the town interchange, which has seen particular problems with anti-social behaviour, for feedback.
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: “The Public Spaces Protection Order will help us to deal with particular, ongoing problems which are negatively affecting those living, working, and visiting the town centre.
“To help us decide on the best way forward for the borough, we want the views of as many people as possible. The consultation will outline the proposed areas to be covered by the order and how it will be enforced. Feedback will be analysed and be used to inform the council’s decision about how the proposed Public Spaces Protection Order is progressed.”
People can find out more about the PSPO and give their views by visiting www.barnsley.gov.uk/pspo