Consultation Begins on the Town Centre Public Space Protection Order

The Borough Council intends to extend and vary this order. Any representations relating to the extension should be directed to Safer.Colchester@colchester.gov.uk.

The public is invited to submit its views on proposals to enforce an extension and variation to the existing Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) within the Town Centre area designated by Colchester Borough Council.

 
The consultation will run for 14 days from Friday 25th September 2020 until Friday 9th October 2020
 
If approved, the PSPO would cover the restricted area and last for three years.
 
The move follows complaints to both the Council and the Police from local residents and visitors about anti-social behaviour including:
  • Persons urinating and defecating in places open to the air
  • Person taking intoxicating substances in places open to the air
  • Persons being intoxicated and causing annoyance and a nuisance
  • Persons begging for money and other items
  • Persons being intimidating, verbally abusive, blocking access, aggressively shouting, swearing and fighting
  • Skateboards, scooters and other wheeled vehicles being used in pedestrian areas so as to cause nuisance and annoyance
  • The stationing of advertising boards or other structures being used as such causing obstruction
 
The PSPO, if adopted, will restrict the following activities
 
  • Any person urinating or defaecating anywhere other than a toilet nor deposit any human bodily fluids / excrement anywhere open to the air
  • Any person in possession of an open vessel(s) of alcohol / intoxicating liquor in a public place
  • Any person being as a result of intoxication by ingesting alcohol or drugs be in a condition as to be considered by a constable, any other member of the emergency services or health services or an authorised person behaving in a manner that causes or is likely to cause intimidation, harassment, alarm, distress, nuisance or annoyance to any person.
  • Any person sitting or loitering on the highway or any pedestrian area of the Restricted Area demanding or begging or perceived to be begging by an authorised person for money or any other item, whether placing any item before them for receipt of money or otherwise.
  • Any person fly-posting (including the unlawful affixing of any placard, notice or sign to street furniture) or any person permitting and / or benefitting from such flyposting
  • Any person using a Skateboard, Bicycle, scooter, skates or any other self-propelled wheeled vehicle in such a manner as to cause damage to property or that causes or is likely to cause intimidation, harassment, alarm, distress, nuisance or annoyance to any person
  • The stationing of advertising boards or other structures being used as such within the Restricted Area
 
Failure without reasonable excuse to comply with the prohibitions or requirements imposed by the PSPO would qualify as a summary offence under Section 67 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. A person guilty of an offence under Section 67 is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding Level 3 on the standard scale.
 
Please forward all comments and feedback to Safer.Colchester@colchester.gov.uk. or call 01206 507836 by Friday 9th October 2020
 
 
 
 
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