Borough of Poole is introducing new powers from 1 February 2018 to make the town centre a safer and more welcoming place for residents, businesses and visitors.
The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Poole Town Centre and Holes Bay will tackle anti-social and nuisance behaviours and is a response to concerns raised by local residents and businesses.
The PSPO covers:
- Drinking alcohol and verbal abuse
- Begging for money, food or drink
- Sleeping in car parks and doorways
- Possession, supply or use of intoxicating substances
- Behaviour likely to cause nuisance or harassment to others
Areas where the order will be in place include the town centre, Poole Quay, as well as Poole Park, Sterte and Tatnam.
Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, Borough of Poole, said: “We want Poole to be a safe and welcoming place for everyone who lives, works or visits our fantastic town. We’re responding to those residents and businesses who tell us that anti-social behaviour is having a detrimental effect on their daily life and livelihood.
“We take those concerns very seriously and hope that the responsible and proportionate use of the powers given to the police and council officers by the PSPO will give people more reassurance that we can tackle anti-social behaviour on their behalf.
“We have actively consulted local charities and organisations in preparing PSPOs. The new orders do not mean a complete prohibition on people who are sleeping rough and we will continue to proactively work with individuals to encourage them to use the full range of support available from the council and local charities.”
The order will remain in place for a period of three years. Individuals who continue with anti-social behaviour when challenged by police or a council officer may be subject to a fixed penalty notice of £100. It is not the council’s intention to fine individuals as a first resort.
Ian Cooke, Safer Communities Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “Public Space Protection Orders allow us to effectively manage anti-social behaviour in the areas covered by the order. In the past few years incidents of anti-social behaviour has increased which in turn requires an increasing amount of time and resources by the council, police and other partners.”
Borough of Poole has a dedicated provision in place to help provide support and resettlement to people sleeping rough, delivered by St Mungo’s and a number of local housing providers. People who are concerned about anyone sleeping rough are encouraged to contact Streetlink on 0300 5000914. People wishing to give money to people sleeping rough can make a donation to trusted organisations such as St Mungo’s who provide the best chance of helping people get off the streets and into accommodation.