Residents are being asked for their views on extending two current public space protection orders (PSPOs) in New Brighton and West Kirby.
The consultation will seek people’s views on the extension of the PSPOs for a further two years.
The PSPOs were put in place to address complaints of anti-social behaviour involving (but not limited to) intimidating groups, littering, urinating, unauthorised vehicles on grassed areas and alcohol-related disorder.
This activity has previously had a detrimental effect on the local environment resulting in damage being caused as well as causing nuisance, annoyance and disruption to members of the public, business owners and their employees.
What will happen if the PSPO is extended?
Nothing, the PSPO already exists. The proposal is to extend the current order for a further two years, this means it would expire on 3 September 2024. There is no proposed change to the wording of the Order.
What will happen if the PSPO is not extended?
The Order will expire at midnight on the 3 September 2022.
How will it be enforced?
It will be enforced by authorised Council Officers, Police Community Support Officers and Police Officers.
A PSPO is a provision created by the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing act 2014. It is intended to deal with particular nuisances or problems in a defined area that are considered to be detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.
It can do this by imposing conditions on the use of that area which will apply to everyone so that the majority of people can enjoy the public space.
The Council has the power to implement, extend or vary PSPOs with the purpose of stopping individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces.
It will be an offence to, without reasonable excuse, do anything that the person is prohibited from doing by a Public Spaces Protection Order. A person guilty of such an offence is liable to a fine on prosecution (currently a maximum of £1,000). Authorised officers can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (£100) if appropriate.
Details of how to get involved in the consultation, we well as the locations that are affected, can be found here Responses to this consultation should be made in writing by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the following address: Wirral Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wirral, CH44 8ED.
Any representations must be received before the consultation period ends on Thursday 1 September 2022.
Image: Wirral Council – The area covered by the PSPO in New Brighton