Derby City Council has today launched a consultation with residents and businesses on the introduction of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in the city centre to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

PSPOs can be used to tackle issues such as street drinking, drug taking, begging and use of threatening behaviour. Introducing PSPO powers will enable police officers and their community support officers to enforce any declared restrictions and they can issue fixed penalty notices, alongside the Council’s Community Protection Officers.

Breaching a PSPO restriction is a criminal offence and can result in the issue of a fixed penalty notice of up to £100 or a fine of up to £1000 if it goes to prosecution.

The two proposed areas of the Derby PSPO would cover the city centre  and the surrounding area, and have been developed in consultation with and using data from Derbyshire Constabulary, in response to particular concerns raised by residents and businesses. The Council has also worked closely with its partners to ensure the content of the proposed PSPO addresses the reality on ground in Derby and based on evidence, proportionate and enforceable.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabt Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, said:

“We’re committed to building a vibrant city centre of which we can all be proud. We want people to be able to live, work or visit Derby day and night without feeling intimidated and threatened by anti-social behaviour.

Whether visiting the city centre to go shopping, for leisure or as part of your daily commute, the introduction of Public Space Protection Orders reinforces our shared values about what we want to see on our streets. The expectation we’re consulting on will also deter people from engaging in anti-social behaviour on our streets, which we acknowledge has caused concern in recent months. I am pleased that Derbyshire Constabulary is supportive of our plans for these extra and very specifically targeted powers.

“We want to hear from local residents and businesses on our proposals, so I encourage everyone to take part in the consultation so we can consider all views before introducing the order.”

Chief Superintendent Jim Allen said:

“Our partners at Derby City Council have asked us to provide evidence of anti-social behaviour in the city centre. We have done this and this has been used to help make the decision to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

“We hope that the public take part in the consultation and if granted we look forward to working with the Council in enforcing it to ensure that Derby city centre is a safe place to work, live and visit.”

The three week consultation will run from today (Tuesday 24 October) to Tuesday 14 November. It is available to complete online by visiting www.derby.gov.uk/pspo.  Paper copies are available upon request, by emailing community.safety@derby.gov.uk

Following the consultation and consideration by Council Cabinet, the order will hopefully come into force before Christmas.