Have your say on town centre PSPO

Barnsley Council are asking residents and local businesses for their views in a public consultation on the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in the town centre.

The current PSPO, which was introduced in 2016 and also covers some of the surrounding areas of the town centre, gives the council and police additional powers to tackle low-level anti-social behaviour. It expires in March 2019 and needs to be reviewed before it can be extended.

The consultation will run for 40 days, from Wednesday 31 October to Sunday 9 December, and aims to gather information about which issues are of most concern to residents and businesses which will help with adding new conditions to the PSPO and the areas it covers.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: “The Public Spaces Protection Order we introduced in 2016 has been effective in helping us achieve a notable reduction in anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

"It is important to stress that the PSPO, if approved, will continue to not be used as a punishment and we will always offer the appropriate help and support for underlying issues to those who need it.

"We want the views of as many local people as possible to help form the future of the PSPO to keep the town centre vibrant and make it a safe place to live, work and visit.

"Feedback from the consultation will be analysed and used to inform the decision about how to progress the PSPO and make sure it is fit for purpose for the years to come."

To find out more about the PSPO and give your views, please visit barnsley.gov.uk/pspo.

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