Cabinet members will be asked to approve the proposed changes to the town centre's Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) at their next meeting on Wednesday 20 March.
The current PSPO, which was introduced in 2016, gives the council and police additional powers to tackle low-level anti-social behaviour. It is proposed that the PSPO remains in place as it has been proven to be successful in dealing with high volume anti-social behaviour.
A public consultation was held from Wednesday 31 October 2018 to Sunday 9 December 2018, allowing residents and local businesses to have their say. The feedback was then used to formulate some of the proposed changes.
Cabinet members will consider the addition of 'repeated and aggressive begging' being added as a condition to the new PSPO. This will be considered as an action of last resort where offers of support and accommodation have been refused.
Meanwhile, services will continue to work closely with people who find themselves begging as a source of income and continue to provide support and help to those who are in need.
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: “We all want to have a town centre which is vibrant, safe and welcoming. The PSPO continues to be an important tool in making that a reality but we also want to ensure that those in need are able to access the relevant support services.
“We are working with partners and voluntary organisations to focus our resources on helping the people most in need, while at the same time continuing to address anti-social behaviour.”
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