Views sought on curbing anti-social behaviour like begging in Doncaster

Powers designed to curb anti-social behaviour like begging in Doncaster town centre are due to expire - and council bosses want views on its renewal.

By George Torr
Monday, 15th June 2020, 11:12 am

Doncaster Council’s town centre public spaces protection order reaches the end of its three year term in November.

A public consultation has started to ask for feedback on whether another PSPO is needed and, if so, what it could include.

The council believes a renewed and revised PSPO would help tackle anti-social behaviour which can ‘negatively affect the town centre’.

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Coun Chris McGuinness, cabinet member for communities, said: “The existing PSPO was widely supported and something the majority of residents who took part in the consultation said they wanted.

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“We now need to know what people think about some proposed changes for a new, revised PSPO.

“The legal process for creating a PSPO takes a number of months to complete and to meet the November renewal date we need to start the consultation now, even though we are still in a pandemic.

“We would ask people to bear this in mind with their responses and provide their feedback based on their experiences of the town centre before the pandemic.

“The online survey only takes a few minutes to complete and I urge people to share their views so we can understand their needs and wants for Doncaster town centre.

“A strong and thriving urban centre which is easily accessible for all of our communities is vital for our borough. It’s the catalyst for economic growth and jobs and improvements we all can benefit from.”