Issue details

Review and re-implementation of the City Centre Public Spaces Protection Order - KEY/2MAR20/03

With the approval of the Chairman of Adults and Communities Scrutiny Committee, special urgency procedures have been invoked to suspend the requirement to publish the decision for five days. These procedures have been invoked for the reasons set out below.

 

The decision is urgent due to time constraints. The current PSPO expires on 18 May 2020. The Council commenced preparations to extend the PSPO from early this year, with a view to have the extension implemented by 5 April 2020.

 

Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19 public health crisis, the process was significantly delayed. The CMDN is now ready for approval, however the waiver is required in order to meet the 18 May deadline.

 

This means the extension cannot take place as a PSPO cannot be extended after it has expired. This would mean the Council would have to re-commence the entire process in order to put in place a new PSPO, rather than an extension. This would mean there would be limited protection from Anti-Social behaviour in the city centre for months, leaving members of the public more vulnerable to anti-social behaviour and destroying all the work that has been put in place over the last 3 years to make the city centre a safer and cleaner place for the public.

 

It would be disproportionate to commence the PSPO consultation process all over again when this issue is due to a time lapse of only three days caused by factors out of the Local Authorities control. The public, key interested parties and statutory consultees were consulted throughout February 2020 and indicated their support for an order to improve the safety and cleanliness of the city centre. Any further consultation in such a short period of time is most likely to result in the same response and thus making any further delay in implementing an order in the city centre seem unnecessary and disproportionate.

 

The Cabinet Member authorised the re-implementation of a City Centre Public Space Protection Order under Sections 60 and 61 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Significantly affecting two or more electoral wards;

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: Central;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 31/01/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
With the approval of the Chairman of Adults and Communities Scrutiny Committee special urgency procedures have been invoked to suspend the requirement to publish the decision for five days.

Decision due: 30 May 2020 by Cabinet Member for Communities

Lead member: Councillor Irene Walsh, Cabinet Member for Communities irene.walsh@peterborough.gov.uk

Lead director: Executive Director People and Communities Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Councils

Department: People and Communities

Contact: Laura Kelsey, Senior Prevention & Enforcement Officer Tel: 01733 453563; Email: laura.kelsey@peterborough.gov.uk Email: laura.kelsey@peterborough.gov.uk Tel: 01733 453563.

Consultation process

A consultation will be carried out with the Police & Crime Commissioner, Chief Constable, Ward Councillors, Key Interested Parties directly. A 28 day public consultation will be made available to the public and all other interested parties online on the council's website, with hard copies available on request.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee: Adults and Communities Scrutiny Committee

Decisions

Documents

  • It is not anticipated that there will be any documents other than the report and relevant appendices to be published.