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Statement regarding PSPO

17 October 2016

We have released a statement following coverage of the Public Space Protection Order approval in the media and on the BBC Politics Show.

David Banks, Executive Manager for Neighbourhoods said:

“The Public Space Protection Order has been brought in to help tackle anti-social behaviours associated with street drinking and rough sleeping which have been causing a nuisance in public spaces in West Bridgford.

In the designated area, police, police community support officers and council officers have certain powers to help tackle these behaviours which will help to prevent some of the associated issues , such as begging, urinating and defecating in the street, littering and aggressive or intimidating behaviour.

The £100 Fixed Penalty Notice is a last resort and would only be given out to people who have refused support and assistance from the Council and relevant charities, and don’t comply with the authorised officer’s request to stop the unacceptable behaviour.

We would always try to support homeless people to move to suitable accommodation because the Council takes a proactive approach to homelessness. We have an excellent track record in supporting homeless people with a connection to Rushcliffe to find accommodation and get back on their feet.”

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