William Eichler 10 January 2018

Council to introduce PSPO to fight ‘verbal and racial abuse’

Council to introduce PSPO to fight ‘verbal and racial abuse’ image

Richmondshire council is set to introduce an order banning groups of youths congregating in Colburn after more than 200 incidents of anti-social behaviour were reported.

Over the last nine months residents have reported numerous incidents of underage drinking, verbal and racial abuse, intimidation of younger and older people, as well as other examples of anti-social behaviour.

The district council’s Corporate Board is expected to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) when they meet next week which will give police and council officers the power to move groups on or fine them for unruly behavior.

‘Multi agency problem solving groups have been working in the area for some time and local people have been asked for their views on the issues – and the proposed PSPO is thought to be the best way forward,” said council leader Yvonne Peacock.

‘We do not take introducing such a radical measure lightly – but we must do something to protect the local community and the quality of their life.

‘By imposing conditions through the order we can give the police and our council officers more powers to disperse the troublemakers – and impose fines when the order is breached.’

The PSPO, made under powers granted by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, will ban groups of three or more youths under the age of 17 from congregating and behaving anti-socially.

Councils have been criticised in the past for using these powers to target people unfairly against the homeless, dog walkers and small gatherings in public places.

To counter this abuse, the Government last month issued new guidance around the use of PSPOs designed to provide local authorities with ‘greater clarity’ on how best to use them.

Declaring a climate change emergency image

Declaring a climate change emergency

Local authorities can play a key role in tackling climate change – and there is plenty for them to do. Never before has thinking globally and acting locally been more important, says Mark Whitehead.
Open letter to Boris Johnson image

Open letter to Boris Johnson

The MJ's editor Heather Jameson asks the new PM a simple question: do you want to fund local government or do you want to scale back services to the basics?
Highways jobs

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

City of Bradford MDC
£102K
Big and diverse, Bradford is the UK’s youngest city Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Senior Financial Accountant

Essex County Council
£50001.0 - £59590 per annum
Essex County Council is one the largest and most complex local authorities in the UK, with a turnover of £2bn. We are a Council with high ambitions, a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Financial Accountant

Essex County Council
£38001.0 - £44440 per annum
Essex County Council is one the largest and most complex local authorities in the UK, with a turnover of £2bn. We are a Council with high ambitions, a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Practitioner - Children in Care

Essex County Council
£38000.0 - £46000.0 per annum
Senior Practitioner - Children in Care - BasildonIn ECC we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Y England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Casual Lifeguard

Chelmsford City Council
Grade 3 - £9.29 per hour
South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre is a large, multi-purpose complex accommodating a swimming pool, a sports hall, two further halls, Fitness Roo... Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The June issue of Local Government News contains the full details of all the winning schemes in the 2019 Street Design Awards. From Children's Play to Pedestrian Environment, find out who has been recognised for their innovation and use of best practice.

This issue also explores how local government pension funds can hedge currency risk, how councils can best address the shortfall in school places, and an update on the number of authorities banning the use of Roundup over safety fears.

Register for your free magazine