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Have your say on tackling antisocial behaviour

Residents, businesses and visitors in Mansfield district are invited to have their say on the current Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) ahead of its planned renewal.

Mansfield District Council introduced the order in 2016, under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, to reduce anti-social behaviour and help keep areas including streets, parks and market places cleaner. It lasts for three years and has to be reviewed by August 2019.

The order tackles issues including smoking of any kind in children’s play areas, clearing up after dogs, cycling through pedestrianised areas in the town centre at certain times, the use and sale of certain drugs (former legal highs) and spitting, urinating, defecating in a public place. It also allows groups to be dispersed if they are causing (or are likely to cause) nuisance, alarm, harassment or distress to any other person in the town centre.

Anyone who fails to meet the requirements of the order or comply with a request from a police office, a police community support officer (PCSO) or authorised council officer, could receive a £100 fixed penalty notice or be prosecuted.

Cllr Bill Drewett, Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities at Mansfield District Council, said: “We want the public to be able to enjoy spending time in all of our open spaces and feel safe and proud when visiting them. We are keen for as many people as possible to have their say on whether the current order should remain as it is now or be changed in any way.”

Members of the public can have their say by completing a short survey at: www.mansfield.gov.uk/pspo until midnight on 13 February. The website also provides further details of the current order including maps of the areas it covers.

Paper copies of the survey are available in the council offices, Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield NG19 7BH and also at Mansfield Library, Westgate, Mansfield NG18 1NH.

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