Following feedback on its consultation earlier this year, Exeter City Council has revised plans on how to tackle antisocial behaviour in parts of the City.
Earlier this year the Council consulted over four months into plans for a Public Spaces Protection Order – a new power available to councils to help prevent and reduce persistent antisocial behaviour from negatively affecting local communities.
Following responses from the public:
– Proposed controls on street encampments have been removed from plans to go before the Council in February next year.
– Controls on begging have been limited to tackle problematical aggressive begging only, where people feel intimidated.
– In addition on-the-spot fixed penalties notices for anti-social behaviour will not be the preferred option, instead notices would be issued retrospectively and contain an option for positive action such as Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, which have nationally seen success at changing behaviour for the better.
The revised proposals will now be put to residents and businesses in a series of local public meetings in areas the PSPO would directly cover.
Cllr Rob Hannaford, Exeter City Council’s Lead Councillor for Place said: “Consultation is never a box ticking exercise – especially with something as important as a Public Space Protection Order. We have listened to the public and will continue to do so – however many residents and businesses in Exeter are suffering from the effects of chronic antisocial behaviour and we must be in a position to help them if there is an option to do so. I believe these revised plans get that balance right.”
The controls include looking to tackle antisocial behaviour in public spaces where people are openly injecting/taking drugs, problematical street drinking, urinating in the street, and carrying out aggressive begging or other anti-social behaviour.
A series of open public meetings have been scheduled for the following dates & venues:
- Monday 5th December at 7pm, Riverside Church & Conference Centre, 13-14 Oakhampton Street
- Tuesday 6th December at 6PM, Guildhall (businesses only) •
- Wednesday 7th December at 7pm, Exeter Community Centre, 17 St. David’s Hill
- Thursday 8th December at 7pm, St. Sidwell’s Primary School, York Road