Council consults on new PSPOs about ways to tackle anti-social behaviour and dog fouling

North East Lincolnshire Council is consulting on the proposal of public space protection orders (PSPOs) in key public areas.

A PSPO allows councils to put restrictions in specific areas such as town centres, parks and beaches.

The restrictions will focus on anti-social behaviour in public places and the undesirable behaviour of irresponsible dog owners.

A PSPO would allow police, PCSOs and authorised council officers to deal more robustly with offenders at the time of an offence taking place.

Some of the prohibitions in these orders are new, while others are updates of older legislation to allow better enforcement.

Dog fouling is an offence the council is already able to take action against, but the introduction of a PSPO would allow more flexibility to address the wider issues around irresponsible dog ownership.

Based on reported incidents, complaints and public demand, the council is proposing that PSPOs are put in place in certain areas.

Dogs are already banned from the main strip of Cleethorpes beach between Good Friday and 30 September and the timing of this prohibition is something the public are being consulted on.

Councillor David Bolton, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “These areas should be enjoyed by the public and the PSPOs are created to enhance that experience.

“We’re keen to hear if key organisations and the community agree that certain areas should be protected.

“We want to know your thoughts about some of the proposals and whether or not you support them.”

Councillor Steve Beasant, chairman of the overview and scrutiny committee, said: “People who responded to our extensive waste survey in 2017 told us overwhelmingly that they want us to take a tough approach to littering and dog fouling.

“We want our public spaces to be safe to use for all people in North East Lincolnshire.”

There are two surveys being published to gather the views of the general public and local businesses.

The ASB survey asks for the opinion of PSPOs on the Cleethorpes seafront and town centre, Grimsby town centre, People’s Park, Haverstoe Park, Sussex Recreation Ground and Cleethorpes Country Park.

The survey regarding dogs asks if the public would agree on excluding them from children’s play areas, cemeteries outside opening hours and land dedicated for the protection of wildlife.

A fixed penalty notice may be issued to a person who breaches a PSPO, offering them an opportunity of avoiding prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court by paying a fixed penalty of up to £100.

A person who is found guilty of an offence in the Magistrates’ Court is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the court’s standard scale of fines (currently £1,000).

To complete the surveys, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/have-your-say/

Paper copies are also available upon request at Lincs Inspire libraries.

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