Revisions to Proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Exeter City Centre and St. Thomas
Following the Council’s 4 months of public consultation on a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order that ended on 29 February 2016, the 1250 or so responses have been considered and in light of these responses the proposals have been revised to only include:
- the taking of intoxicants (alcohol, new psychoactive substances commonly known as ‘legal highs’ and other stimulants);
- individuals or groups causing anti-social behaviour;
- urinating in the street; and
- aggressive begging
In addition, it is proposed that a positive/restorative option, coupled with a zero penalty fee, will be provided within the majority of fixed penalty notices, and that these notices will be served retrospectively (i.e. not on-the-spot) in the vast majority of cases.
The revised proposals will now be considered at Place Scrutiny Committee on 12 January 2017 and Executive Committee on 14 February before going before Full Council on 21 February 2017 for a decision on whether to adopt the proposed PSPO.
The documents on this webpage include:
- Map of the proposed PSPO area
- Revised PSPO Restrictions with an explanation for revisions
- Equality Impact Assessment
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Responses to Representations
Exeter City Council webpage on Revised proposals for PSPO [03 January 2017]
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Controversial plans for a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) covering Exeter city centre, revised after public outcry, are up for consultation.
The powers would help authorities in the city clamp down on anti social behaviour.
However, strong concern was voiced nationally that the proposed powers granted by the PSPO went too far, criminalising the homeless rather than helping them.
Reflecting public opinion, the council has returned with proposals which have either dropped or revised certain aspects of their proposals.
In particular, controls on street encampments have been completely removed from the plans.
Controls on begging have been limited to solely restrict aggressive begging, where people feel intimidated.
In addition, on-the-spot fixed fines for anti social behaviour have been replaced with notices issued after the offence.
An option would be available for “positive action”, including Acceptable Behaviour Contracts.
The revised proposals will be put to residents and businesses in a series of local public meetings in areas of the city the PSPO would directly cover.
The authority revealed it had received more than 1,200 responses following a four month consultation exercise into whether a PSPO should be introduced.
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.
“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.
Adding: “I believe these revised plans get that balance right.”
In February this year, comedian Mark Thomas held a demonstration outside Exeter Civic Centre over the PSPO plans.
He labeled it a “bullies charter” and “mean-spirited rubbish.”
“These orders are all about keeping city centres nice and clean for a good shopping experience,” added Mr Thomas,
“But life has little blemishes and the council’s attitude is the mentality of a shopping mall security guard. It’s bullying, nasty and vicious.”
The proposals will go before the council in February next year.
Here’s when and where the public meetings have been scheduled:
Monday December 5 at 7pm, Riverside Church & Conference Centre, 13-14 Okehampton Street
Tuesday December 6 at 6pm, Guildhall (businesses only)
Wednesday December 7 at 7pm, Exeter Community Centre, 17 St. David’s Hill
Thursday December 8 at 7pm, St. Sidwell’s Primary School, York Road
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Media Release | 28 November 2016
Revised plans on how to tackle antisocial behaviour in Exeter – and how to have your say
- 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